Demon tennis tallies four consolation titles at Slope
Post Independent Staff
GRAND JUNCTION ” The Demons girls tennis team felt confident rather than intimidated headed into this year’s Western Slope Invitational tournament, which concluded Saturday.
So instead of being overwhelmed by their opponents, consisting mostly of Class 5A teams, the Demons handed out some punishment themselves in two days of play at Mesa State College’s Elliott Tennis Center.
Glenwood finished with four consolation tournament champions and one consolation runner-up in the 20-team double-elimination tournament.
Saturday’s play was a big improvement for the Demons, who went 0-for-7 in Friday’s first-round matches.
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“It was a big turnaround from yesterday,” head coach Phyllis Zilm said Saturday. “We played with more focus, played smarter and with intensity and we took control of our matches.”
The Demons also showed they are equally strong in both the singles and doubles competition, with two consolation champs in each division.
Courtney McCallum won the No. 2 consolation bracket championship title with an 8-2, 8-game pro set win over Grand Junction Central’s Amber Armendarez. The Demon senior advanced to the championship match by winning two straight consolation matches after suffering a 6-0, 6-0 straight set loss in Friday’s first round .
“I never felt in control until I won the match,” said McCallum. “Pro set (matches) are so short. One minute you can be up 4-0 and then be down, 5-4. You can’t relax, so you have to take it to your opponent.”
McCallum took control early against Armendarez, forging a 3-2 lead, then broke the Central junior’s serve twice in five games for the win.
Molly Axelson needed a little more time, but used the same method to wear down Fruita Monument’s Kim Faber in the No. 3 singles consolation championship match.
Axelson won the last two games to notch an 8-5 victory over the Wildcat senior.
In doubles play, Glenwood’s Regina Waltsak and Jackie Weast were extended to an extra game by Evergreen opponents Madison Carter and Stephanie Winther in the No. 3 consolation title match before pulling out a 9-7 decision.
Meanwhile, two courts away, teammates Tessie Tracy and Lisa Saathoff won the No. 2 doubles consolation tournament title with an 8-5 decision over Jen Shiao and Corrine Park, who played on Cherry Creek’s No. 2 team.
Rachel Zancanella and Caitlyn Fowler fell to Grand Junction Central’s Emily Smith and Brittany Burdette, 9-7 in the No. 4 doubles consolation championship.
Glenwood’s other entries were eliminated in earlier rounds on Saturday.
In singles action, Glenwood’s No. 1 player ” Celeste Cashel ” was eliminated by Durango’s Ashley Erickson, 8-3, in a pro set match and the Demons No. 3 doubles team of Molly Ackerman and Maggie Tolan fell 8-4 to Maggie Hoffman and Teagon Walter of Aspen.
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