Demon tennis team shows improvement
Competing against some of Colorado’s best high school girls tennis players and teams at last weekend’s Western Slope Invitational Tournament, Glenwood Springs had mixed success.
The two-day tournament, held at various tennis courts in Grand Junction, annually includes perennial state powerhouses Cherry Creek and Grand Junction high schools in the field.
Cherry Creek won the team championship with 31 points. Glenwood took 11th place among the 21 participating teams.
Three of the Demons’ seven entries reached the quarterfinal round before being eliminated.
Rifle High senior Chelsea St. Pierre, the Demons’ No. 1 singles player, was defeated by Grand Junction’s Hilary Tyler in straight sets by identical 6-0 scores.
St. Pierre advanced to the semifinals after defeating Maelyn Kligenmeyer from Arvada Overland in the second round.
St. Pierre plays for Glenwood because Rifle does not field a girls tennis team.
Demons Caitlin Hague and Regina Waltsak lost 6-1, 6-0 to Cherry Creek’s Countney Muir and Melissa Louie in a No. 3 doubles semifinal match.
Earlier, they advanced by rallying for wins in the second and third sets in the second round against Pueblo South.
After winning two straight No. 4 doubles matches, against Sterling and Arvada West, Glenwood’s Jeri Cable and Crystal Carver fell 6-0, 6-0 to Beth Muir and Jennifer Lustig of Cherry Creek.
Celeste Cashel, the Demons No. 2 singles player, lost her consolation championship match, 8-5, to Grand Junction Central’s Sarah Tekansik.
In other matches involving Glenwood, No. 3 singles Molly Alexson fell to Morgan Sawyer of Grand Junction 6-0, 6-0 in the second round. The No. 1 doubles team of Courtney McCallum and Erin Leighty lost 6-2, 6-3 to Montrose’s Heather Herr and Margaret Jankowskey and the No. 2 team consisting of Micela Dunn and Jackie Weast were eliminated in straight sets in the second round by Kent Denver’s Dorie Maine and Ashley Cook.
The Demons have three dual matches on tap this week. They open at Paonia on Tuesday, followed by a home match with Durango on Friday.
Glenwood concludes their busy week at Hotchkiss on Saturday morning.
After participating in the Delta County Invitational last weekend, Roaring Fork resumes dual play on Friday at Salida.
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