Demons open season with win |

Demons open season with win

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The Glenwood Springs High School girls tennis team got its season off to a solid start Thursday, downing regional foe Montrose 4-3 on their home courts.

The Demons won two of their three singles matches and split the doubles tilts to pull out the victory.

In singles action, No. 3 Molly Axelson had the most dominating performance of the day, dispatching Sarah Berry without dropping a game.

No. 2 singles player Courtney McCallum kept Glenwood rolling with a straight-set win (6-3, 6-3) over Meredith Brown.

The only hiccup in the singles for the Demons came at the No. 1 spot. Celeste Cashel ran into a tough opponent in Jamie Meese, who won the match 6-1, 6-0.

“The No. 1 position is going to be tough for Celeste and we’ve talked about that,” Demon head coach Phyllis Zilm said. “But I think she could do very well because of her style of game. It’s a nice steady game.

“Courtney and Molly are just in the position where they could do very well (this season).”

At No. 2 doubles, Jackie Weast and Regina Waltsak ” who qualified for the state tournament last year in the same position ” bageled the Montrose tandem of Jenna Masterson and Taylor Orahood 6-0, 6-0. The No. 4 Demon doubles team of Rachel Zancanella and Caitlyn Fowler also earned a relatively easy victory with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Laura Masters and Katie Henderson.

Montrose’s No. 1 doubles duo of Sonya Lopez and Hailey Cutler squeaked by Glenwood’s Tessie Tracy and Lisa Saathoff in the first set then rolled to a 7-5, 6-1 sweep. At No. 3, Cassie Croissant was filling in for Maggie Tolan with Molly Ackerman and the Montrose team pulled out a tight two-set win, 7-6, 6-4.

Overall Zilm said she’s happy with the first day of competitive play from the Demons, and the potential for a solid season

“I think some of the players were probably a little jittery, but they are very coachable and we have a good mix of seniors and new players so it strikes a nice balance,” she said.

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