Rams, Demons sending doubles teams to state
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Roaring Fork Valley representatives at the 4A girls tennis state tournament have been a rarity in recent years.
Not so in 2012.
A doubles team from both Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork high schools will be in action in Pueblo at next week’s state tournament, which runs Thursday through Saturday at Pueblo City Park.
After fighting to second place in the No. 2 doubles bracket, Glenwood’s Tessa Ebert and Sadie Dickinson won a playback match to punch their state ticket at the 4A Region 8 tournament in Grand Junction on Friday.
In No. 3 doubles action at Canyon View Park, Roaring Fork’s Shaeley Lough and Yaritza Zarate placed third and then won a playback match to earn their state berth.
The top two finishers in each bracket advance. If a third-place finisher has yet to play a second-place finisher, then the two square off for the region’s final state berth.
“We were all in tears,” Roaring Fork coach Eileen Waski said by phone on Friday. “It was very joyful, exciting, thrilling. It’s something they deserve. They worked so hard for it.”
Glenwood Springs coach Phyllis Zilm had similar praise for Ebert and Dickinson, who held off Aspen’s Jacqueline Jones and Sadie Alpern in a tense playback match.
“They just persevered,” the veteran coach said. “They won the first set against Aspen, and then it went the other direction. They were down 4-1 in the third and came back. They used the wind. They were lobbing effectively. We kept telling them, ‘It’s time to be brave.'”
Ebert and Dickinson wound up prevailing, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.
Lough and Zarate had to hold off Aspen’s Dairinn Bowers and Emily Puder in their playback, which they did in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
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