Demons ready for regionals
Wins are great, but, what’s more important to area prep girls tennis players in the final weekend of the regular season is fine-tuning their individual skills for next week’s Western Regional meet.
“Our goal is to have our team peaking for regionals,” said Glenwood Springs coach Phyllis Zilm.
“I think our singles players are ready and our doubles’ teams are getting it together,” said the coach.
And, after a weekend sweep over Roaring Fork, Hotchkiss and Paonia, Zilm’s confidence is sky-high on the Demons’ chances during the two-day meet which starts Friday at the Elliott Tennis Center in Grand Junction.
All three of Glenwood’s singles players finished the weekend with perfect 3-0 records.
Courtney McCallum, the Demons’ No. 1 singles, won all three of her matches in straight sets. On Friday, the junior downed Roaring Fork’s Lindsey Cheney, 6-0, 6-1 followed that up with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Hotchkiss and defeated Lindsay Marek of Paonia, 6-1, 6-0 in the back-half of Saturday’s home doubleheader.
Celeste Cashel had similar success in the No. 2 singles slot. Her slate of victories include a straight-set win over Roaring Fork’s Autumn Evans (6-1, 6-0), a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) tie-breaker victory against Lindsay Scott of Hotchkiss, then she wrapped up play by defeating Paonia’s Ivy Abshire 6-3, 6-4.
Glenwood’s No. 3 singles, Molly Axelson, shut down Sarah Armstrong, 6-0, 6-0 in Friday’s Roaring Fork dual, then rallied back from a first-set loss to Hotchkiss for a 2-1 set win. Axelson concluded play with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Paonia’s Julia Bartlett.
In the doubles, the Demons’ No. 2 pair of Regina Waltsak and Jackie Weast were the only Glenwood team to go 3-0 on the weekend.
Waltsak and Weast opened strong with a 7-5, 6-3 outcome in the Roaring Fork match. Hotchkiss and Paonia pushed the Demon twosome to a match-deciding third set before gaining wins.
Tessie Tracy had different No. 1 doubles partners Friday and Saturday.
Teamed with junior Molly Ackerman, called up from the JV, for the Roaring Fork match, the Demons lost to Lacey DeLost and Stephanie Gustine in a 4-2 shortened third set after knotting the match at 1-all.
Tracy was reunited with her regular doubles partner Micaela O’Leary on Saturday. The two split matches, losing to Hotchkiss, 6-0, 6-4 then taking a 7-5, 6-2 straight-set win over Paonia.
Maggie Tolan and Lisa Saathoff, Glenwood’s No. 3 doubles, had two wins in three matches. Those victories came on a Roaring Fork forfeit and a 6-2, 6-3 win against Paonia.
At No. 4 doubles, Demons Rachel Zancanella and Cheree Carver’s wins came against Roaring Fork and Paonia.
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