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Glenwood, Roaring Fork hits the court soon

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – With a lot of girls and not a lot preseason practice time, little is set in stone for coach Phyllis Zilm’s Glenwood Springs tennis team.

Led by a sizable cast of veterans, 28 girls are out for the Demons in 2010. How the lineup shakes out remains to be seen.

Regardless of who plays where, Zilm likes her team’s depth.

“We have a big group,” said the coach, taking a break from clearing local tennis courts of snow on Friday. “We may be a little stronger than last year. We have a little bit more depth. Some of the girls that played last year before are now ready to play varsity. It’s certainly a nice group of girls.”

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Among the returners is Courtney Bender, a Colorado Rocky Mountain School senior who plays with Glenwood and finished third in No. 2 singles at the 4A Region 8 tournament last spring.

Also returning are Madison McCallum, Cari Barber, Whitney Bridger and Brandi Vinger.

Coach Zilm’s daughter, Sarai, is a freshman and brings plenty of court experience to the Demons. She won the 14-and-under division at last summer’s Western Slope Open in Grand Junction.

Others who have been putting in hard work, Coach Zilm said, are Anna Ratajczak, Liz Nanya, Shea Mollica and Kenzie Hill.

With so many faces and some challenge matches – intra-team showdowns that determine the Demons’ lineup – still remaining, Glenwood’s lineup remains in question in advance of Monday’s season opener against Vail Mountain.

‘We have so many kids,” Coach Zilm said. “It’s just unbelievable.”

CARBONDALE, Colorado – With a strong core of returning talent, Roaring Fork coach Eileen Waski is optimistic entering the spring.

Back to lead her Rams are players like Niki Burns, Ixchel Muniz, Joey Clingan, Savanna Phibbs, Paola Santagio, Adriana Perez, Michelle Lopez, Kenia Reyna and Sheija Binshaban.

Coupled with seven new freshmen, Waski’s liking the health of the program, which boasts some 18 players.

“It’s going to be fun,” she said. “The girls are all ready to get on the court and taking it up a notch.”

The Rams will play their home matches at the courts spread throughout Glenwood Springs. Today, they’ll play host to Vail Mountain at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

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