Kent Denver and Cheyenne Mountain’s tennis teams might be the most exciting rivalry in all of prep sports. It seems that every year it is these two teams competing for the 4A State Tennis Title and each year one of these two come out with it. Knowing that, the David Mitchell and Stephen Moore match drew even more excitement to what already promised to be an entertaining encounter.
Going in to this match, these two had been involved in epic matches including Mitchell’s victory over Moore earlier this season that ended in the third set 7-5. Mitchell had been trouncing the field so far being the only player not to lose more then one game in any set but that did not mean that Moore was going to roll over for Mitchell.
The first set began with the intensity as neither player was able to break away leading to a first set tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Mitchell was able to edge out Moore for the first set lead. Like many players who face the incredible freshman, Moore would not go away. Moore fought back for the second set for an impressive 6-2 rebound set leading to yet another third set between the two player. With both teams relying on their top player to lead by example, Mitchell proved to be the stronger player on this day pulling out the final set 6-4 giving the phenomenal freshman a spot in the finals.
While some might see Mitchell’s rise as a surprise, many followers of Colorado tennis expected it of the star freshman. Mitchell broke out with impressive results nationally winning a couple of sectional tournaments before making the quarterfinals of the Denver City Open. His results have not gone unoticed, he was given a spot at the 16s Nationals Tournament in Kalamazoo, despite being one of the youngest players in the draw, earlier this year. The hype around Mitchell continues to grow with a potential pro career on the horizon for Colorado’s most promising young athlete.
Mitchell’s opponent in the final will be defending 4A #1 Singles Champion, Harrison Lang. Lang had a tougher then expected match against Senior Bryan Mehall of Aspen but managed to record a tough straight sets win. Lang represents a Niwot team that is looking to breakup the Kent Denver/Cheyenne Mountain dominance of 4A tennis with backup from his younger brother Spencer and another defending champion Michael Ogez both making the finals.
Lang and Mitchell have played before this year in some major tournaments with Lang winning the first meeting in three sets but Mitchell winning the second in straight sets. The final promises to be another close match with either player capable of taking home the title.
The 4A #1 Singles Final is set for 9 a.m at Pueblo City Park.
#1 Singles Results (Semi-finals)
Harrison Lang (Niwot) def Bryan Mehall (Aspen) 6-4, 7-5
David Mitchell (Kent Denver) def Stephen Moore (Cheyenne Mountain) 7-6, 2-6, 6-4