Thornton falls in final regular season match

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Thornton boys’ tennis No. 1 singles senior Ryan Batten took his match into three sets Sept. 26, defeating Brighton’s Ben Randall 2-1 at Thornton High School.

Batten fell behind early losing the first set 6-3. However, he fought back with a close 7-6 victory in the second, and earned the 6-4 win in the third set, as well.

“In the first set, I wasn’t playing aggressive enough,” Batten said. “Suddenly, I started first serving all first and second serves and he had a hard time returning those. After that, it got a little bit easier, but still a tough match.”

Batten captured the lone triumph in the final league match against Brighton, as the Trojans lost 6-1. He finished the regular season 4-1.

Head coach John Jones said Batten had only played tennis a little bit before he came to high school four years ago. He said Batten has grown on the team from playing deep into doubles to No. 1 singles for two years now.

“He works hard,” Jones said. “He loves the game of tennis. He’s one of those kids that puts the time in, in the offseason and it shows.”

No. 2 singles sophomore Justin Hoang also took his opponent, Kaden Swarr, into three sets. Hoang fell in the first set 6-2, but came back in the second with a 6-4 win, which included acing Swarr four consecutive times. Swarr beat Hoang in the third, 6-4. He finished the regular season 3-2.

“He’s another kid that I’m proud of,” Jones said. “He’s got two more years here. If he puts the time in, he’ll be very competitive his junior and senior year.”

Junior Michael Flores lost 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles to Brighton senior Jonas Lach, while No. 1 doubles seniors Allen Nguyen and Anthony Tran lost 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 doubles, No. 3 doubles and No. 4 doubles all took Brighton into three sets, but couldn’t come up with any victories in the third sets.

The Trojans finished the regular season 1-3 in league, 4-5 overall. They will begin regional play Oct. 3 at Colorado Athletic Club in Denver.