Nick Lorenz doesn’t want sympathy. He knows he could have done better.
The Discovery Canyon junior boys’ singles player fell short again of the state title, finishing fourth in No. 1 singles at the Class 4A tournament. He lost in the semifinals and then to Colorado Academy’s Richter Jordaan in the third-place match.
In the regular season, Lorenz beat both of them.
“I just kind of choked,” he said. “That’s the way things go.”
Still, his play this year earned him The Gazette Preps Boys’ Tennis Singles Peak Performer of the Year.
But now, the pressure is on. He has one more season to get it done. In his freshman and sophomore seasons, he reached the state title match but couldn’t prevail. He said he believes he can win it all next season, just like how his brother, Luke, did in 2013.
So, that’s why he regularly travels up north to the Denver area to practice his hits and swings with other elite prep athletes, like the ones he faced in the state tournament. He doesn’t want to make the same mistakes he did this past season.
In the semifinals, he lost 6-3, 6-3 to Kent Denver’s Moldenhauer.
“I started getting tight and not playing how I usually play,” Lorenz said. “I can’t have any mental downsides at all. I have to get on with life.”
The two played Sept. 8, and Lorenz won the match 6-2, 4-6, 7-5. He said the difference might not have been his actual play on the court. It was his mental game that he needed to overcome. But he kept playing and beat Valor Christian’s Carter Logan 6-1, 6-0 in the consolation round to advance to the third-place match.
However, Lorenz ended the season with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Colorado Academy’s Jordaan.
They played Sept. 7, and Lorenz won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
His coach, Mike Humphrey, told The Gazette after the match that Lorenz made progress this season, and that could help him next year.
"He has been working a lot on making some big changes in his game, being more of a transitional player, working on his serve and adding some components to his game that he needs for that next level, meaning the college level," Humphrey said. "He's been doing well with it, but it's a learning process. He's made some big strides and his game is really starting to evolve, so I think this year, overall, he's done very, very well."
Lorenz’s main objective next season: Capture state, of course.
“I’m planning on winning,” he said.