Demons fall to Aspen in girls tennis match
Sweatsuits and shelter became as important as hitting aces and forehand smashes during Tuesday’s Glenwood Springs-Aspen girls tennis match.
An icy wind forced a number of players into wearing their sweats during play, or scurrying toward the warmth of their cars in the parking lot while waiting for their matches to begin.
Between those activities, Aspen managed to post a 4-3 win over the Demons.
Prior to the beginning of the match, the buzz centered on Jill Gordon, the Skiers’ number-one singles player.
However, Gordon, who keeps up with her studies at Aspen High via the Internet and fax machines while attending a tennis academy in Florida, opted to remain in the Sunshine State.
Chelsea St. Pierre, Glenwood Springs’ number one singles’, took advantage of Gordon’s absence and earned one of three match victories the Demons had over the Skiers.
The Rifle High senior, who plays for Glenwood because her school does not field a tennis team, struggled at the start of her match against Skier freshman Taiga Muhfield, then took command midway in the first set.
St. Pierre rallied to take the first set, 6-3, then finished the match in rapid fashion with a 6-0 second set win.
“Sometimes when I play opponents that hit softer than I do, I play down to their level instead of playing to the ability I should be playing at,” St. Pierre said of her early problems with Muhfield.
She said the match changed when “I started taking more control and being more aggressive with my points.”
Number three singles’ Molly Axelson notched Glenwood’s other victory by rallying for 6-1, 6-3 wins in the second and third sets over Aspen’s Becca Cole after losing the first set 6-1.
The other singles match involving number twos Celeste Cashel and Melissa Marcus was a 2 hour, 17 minute “catfight”, according to Demon coach Kim Schlagel.
Cashel took the opening set 6-4. Then Marcus tied the match at a set each to force a third set.
The two players maintained serve and fought to a 3-3 tie until Marcus took the upper hand. The Aspen senior won the last three games of the set for a 6-3 win and the match.
“I gave it everything I could, but I couldn’t return some of her balls,” Cashel said afterwards.
The visiting Skiers won three of the four doubles matches. The lone exception was Glenwood’s Crystal Carver and Jeri Cable’s three-set thriller over Aspen’s No. 4 team of Christina Schluter and Meredith Hanrahan.
Carver and Cable won the first set 6-4, then lost 4-6, then rallied for the win on a 6-3 decision in the third set.
Courtney McCallum played without her regular number one doubles teammate Erin Leighty, who was out with an illness. Tessie Tracy filled in, and the Demon pair fell by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores in straight sets to Alex Leddy and Nicole Hernandez.
The Demons number two and three doubles teams of Michela O’Leary and Jackie Weist and Regina Waltsak and Caitlin Hauge also lost to Aspen in straight sets.
Glenwood has a non-league match scheduled against Grand Junction Central at local courts on Thursday, followed by another home match Saturday with Cedaredge.
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