Glenwood flashes promise at girls tennis regionals
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Though it yielded no trips to state, the Glenwood Springs girls tennis program’s performance at the Thursday-Friday Class 4A Region 8 tournament is cause for optimism.
Through Friday afternoon, all three of the Demons’ singles players were in the hunt for trips to the May 13-15 state tournament in Pueblo. Grand Junction’s Mesa State College and Lincoln Park hosted the two-day regional affair.
At No. 2 singles, Glenwood senior Madison McCallum finished third with a 6-1, 6-3 win over a Summit player.
Freshman Sarai Zilm matched McCallum’s bronze finish with a 6-1, 6-1 win over a Hotchkiss foe at No. 3 singles. Having not yet faced the second-place No. 3 singles player, Zilm earned a playback match with a trip to state on the line. She did not come away with the win.
No. 1 singles player Courtney Bender, a senior at Colorado Rocky Mountain School who plays with the Demons, also had a strong showing in Grand Junction. She wound up placing fourth.
All in all, Glenwood coach Phyllis Zilm had no complaints with her team’s season-ending showing. Fielding several junior varsity players on her doubles teams and seeing Sarai Zilm, her freshman daughter, come close to a state trip, the coach left Grand Junction optimistic about the direction of the program.
“Considering we took three brand-new JVs to regionals, they’ve now been there and done that,” Zilm said by phone on Friday. “We’ve got some girls with some good potential if they’ll work through the summer, and I think they will.”
Clingan leads Rams in Grand Junction
Roaring Fork No. 3 singles player Joey Clingan paced the Rams in Grand Junction.
Though no Roaring Fork players advanced to the second day of play, Clingan did win a match on a windy Thursday.
“We ended our season gracefully and fun,” Rams coach Eileen Waski said via telephone on Thursday. “We all had fun. I’m happy with how we ended the season. It was fun and great.”
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