Demons seerve up chilly victory |

Demons seerve up chilly victory

Jim Noelker photo.Celeste Cashel of the Glenwood Springs High School tennis team returns in her match Saturday at Sayre Park.

Kim Schlagel started her tenure as Glenwood Springs High School tennis coach wearing a ski parka.

Braced for nippy seasonal temperatures, Schlagel and the Demons served up the tennis season opener amid occasional snowflakes on Saturday in Glenwood Springs.

A week ago, their regularly scheduled opener was snowed out.

This week, a trace of snow didn’t phase the Demons as they defeated Delta 5-2, behind a sweep from the doubles teams.

“They played well,” Schlagel said of the Demon doubles duos. “They basically won the match for us.

“And it was nice to get one in (before spring break),” added Schlagel, who took over the Glenwood Springs girls tennis program this year from longtime coach Phyllis Zilm.

“It was a little cold, but good to play,” said Schlagel, a longtime player and coach who moved to Colorado from … Florida.

With a lineup that could see changes through the year, the Demons won all four doubles matches against Delta. And No. 2 singles player Celeste Cashel also won.

She defeated Jasmine Wilson of Delta 6-3, 6-2.

At No. 1 singles, Chelsea St. Pierre dropped a three-set match to Loren Melgoza of Delta 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.

And at No. 3 singles, Jaime Wilson filled in and dropped a 6-0, 6-1 match to Kelsey Dysart of the Panthers.

In doubles, Erin Leighty and Courtney McCallum led the way at No. 1, winning love and love.

At No. 2 doubles, Tess Tracy and Rachel Zancanella won 6-3, 6-1.

Michael O’Leary and Jackie Weast of the Demons teamed at No. 3 doubles to win love and love.

And Crystal and Carver and Jeri Cable at No. 4 also won 6-0, 6-0 for Glenwood Springs.

The morning match between Glenwood Springs and Delta high schools featured matches at Sayre Park and the Glenwood Springs Racquet Club.

A scheduled afternoon match between Glenwood Springs and Cedaredge was canceled.

The Demons will be on spring break this week. They will return to tennis action with matches at Alameda on Friday, March 29, and at Machebeuf in Denver on march 30.

Schlagel, a tennis lifer from the tennis hotbed of Florida, said she was excited about the opportunity to work with the high school tennis team here in Colorado.

“I like to get the kids excited about tennis,” Schlagel said, after picking up her first prep tennis victory – while wearing a ski jacket.

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