Demons 2nd in 4A regional tennis |

Demons 2nd in 4A regional tennis

GRAND JUNCTION — Call it just one more milestone for the Glenwood Springs High School girls tennis team.

Three Demons earned state-tournament berths, and Glenwood managed its highest finish in school history at the Class 4A Regional Tournament by taking second at the Canyon View Park tennis courts.

“This is the best result the girls have ever had,” longtime Glenwood coach Phyllis Zilm said. “I was talking with the tournament director, and we were real surprised when we were in second at the beginning of the day.

“So I checked back later and asked again,” Zilm said. “I was told, ‘Yes, and nobody can catch you.’ The girls were just thrilled when they found out.”

Sadie Dickinson will go to state at No. 3 singles. She lost to Kira Lorenzen 6-0, 6-3 in the tournament final, but she beat Aspen’s Emily Puder 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the playback round to retain her state-tournament berth.

Also going will be the Demons’ No. 2 doubles team of Ivy Wright and Morley Perrin. They lost their Maddie Labor and Brooke Metzler of Steamboat in the tournament final, but their victory in playbacks over Yaritza Zarate and Mariah Ahumada of Roaring Fork earned them a trip to state.

Steamboat Springs, which has dominated the regional over the years, once again earned the tournament title.

Only top two individuals earn state berths. Many of the Demons came very close.

Glenwood’s No. 1 singles player, Sarai Zilm, took third. She beat Erin Neale of Durango 6-2, 6-4 in the third-place match, but she lost to Steamboat’s Rachel Grubbs, 6-2, 6-3, in the playback match.

No. 2 singles player Claire Wolcottwas eliminated with losses to Steamboat’s Ellie Bender and Durango’s Sarah Harrelson, both of whom earned state berths. No. 1 doubles team Tessa Ebert and Elise Metzger finished fourth, and Hannah Nilsson and Bronte Gilman placed third with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Durango’s Hannah Liberman and Jenni Snowberger.

The 4A state tournament will be held in Pueblo next week.

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