Demons’ doubles duo bound for state tourney |

Demons’ doubles duo bound for state tourney

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs High School's No. 2 doubles duo Sadie Dickinson, left, and Tessa Ebert begin play at the girls tennis state tournament in Pueblo today.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Sadie Dickinson and Tessa Ebert fell into a rut during their challenge match at last Friday’s Class 4A Region 8 tournament.

After winning the opening set against Aspen’s Sadie Alpern and Jacqueline Jones, the Glenwood Springs High School No. 2 doubles duo lost the second set and then dropped into a 4-1 hole in the third set.

That’s when Demons coach Phyllis Zilm worked her motivational magic.

“She pulled us over and said to us, ‘You want it. Just show that you want it,'” Dickinson relayed. “Tessa and I just said, ‘Let’s get it over with.’ After she said that, we won the last two or three games. She really brought us up.”

Dickinson and Ebert had finished second in the No. 2 doubles bracket, but they had to take on Aspen in a challenge match because they had yet to the face the Skiers’ tandem in the tournament. Glenwood’s duo won, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, to keep hold of the region’s second and final state tournament berth.

“We had to adjust our moods in that third set,” Ebert said. “In the second set, we were both really down and not playing our best. Our third set, we had to bring it around. We were down, 1-4, then something happened and we just didn’t let them get another point.”

And so today’s state tourney, which runs through Saturday and will be held at Pueblo City Park in Pueblo, awaits Dickinson and Ebert, who began playing together this season.

Quite the partnership has blossomed between the two, who both spent their pre-high school years attending Waldorf School on the Roaring Fork near Carbondale.

“This year, we’ve gotten a lot closer,” said Ebert, who’s a sophomore. “We had a little bit of a history together, going to the same school in middle school and elementary school. We didn’t have to become friends during the tennis season. We already were.”

“I think it’s trust,” added Dickinson, a junior. “You have to really trust your partner. If I miss, I know she’s got my back, so I can bring that outside the court, you know, so I know she’d have my back even when we’re not playing tennis.”

Tennis is a sport both took up at an early age.

Both were introduced to the sport during their elementary school years, and they’ve both been enjoying it ever since.

“I took a summer class or lesson and really liked it,” Dickinson said. “I just liked the energy, I guess.”

And energy on the court is what’s driven Dickinson and Ebert to success.

“I just think we have a lot of good energy on the court,” Dickinson said. “Even if we miss a shot, we’re always there for each other to back each other up.”

Whether that translates to more success at the highly competitive state tournament isn’t the end-all, be-all for the Demons’ No. 2 doubles duo.

“I just want to have fun,” Ebert said. “I don’t have expectations to win state at all, but like maybe win one match or so.”

Added Dickinson: “We just want to do well and play our hardest.”

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