Demons split duals in Grand Junction |

Demons split duals in Grand Junction

Phil Sandoval

GRAND JUNCTION – In their first matches of the season, the Glenwood Springs girls tennis team split decisions against Class 5A schools Grand Junction Central and Durango on Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, the Demons walloped the host Warriors on their own courts, 6-1. Against Durango Saturday at the Elliott Tennis Center at Mesa State College, Glenwood lost by the same match score.

In the Central match, Courtney McCallum, who has taken over the No. 1 singles role, needed just 66 minutes to earn her first varsity singles win.

The junior defeated her Warrior counterpart, Wendy Hansen by identical 6-1, 6-1 set scores.

In the first set, McCallum broke Hansen’s serve and took advantage of three straight Hansen double faults in the third game for a 3-0 lead.

Hansen followed by breaking McCallum’s serve, before McCallum rallied for wins in next two games for a 1-0 set lead.

Ahead 2-1 in the second set, McCallum earned two more serving breaks while winning four straight games for the match.

Celeste Cashel wrapped the No. 2 singles match on a 6-1, 6-0 outcome against Amber Armendarez. Molly Axelson continued the Demons winning streak with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Central’s Leslie Kreis in a No. 3 singles match.

Cherre Carver and Rachel Zancanella had the only straight-set victory among Glenwood’s doubles teams. The No. 3 pair took a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jennifer Broaderson and Miranda Johnson.

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After winning the first set, 6-4, the Demon No. 1 doubles team of Tessie Tracy and Michaela O’Leary were extended to a third set by Central’s Bri Lundquist and Valerie Lovato when the Warrior pair took a 6-4 win. Tracy and O’Leary earned the win on a 6-3 outcome in the third set.

The No. 2 doubles team of Regina Waltsak and Jackie Weast rebounded from a 6-4 first set loss to Dusty Curman and Rachel Arnett with a 7-6 second set win, followed by a tiebreaker victory.

In their first varsity match, Glenwood’s all-freshman No. 4 doubles team of Lisa Saatoff and Maggie Tolan fell to Central’s Karen Magoffin and Alesia Wrich, 6-1, 6-4.

Axelson earned the only win against Durango. The junior defeated Durango’s No. 3 singles player Rachael McCoola in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.

Among other matches played, Waltsak and Weast extended Durango’s Emily Dezendorf and Matanya Mallin to a third set. The Demon pair rallied to a 6-1 win in the second set after losing the opening set. Dezendorf and Mallin took the third set, 7-5.

Glenwood (1-1) is off until March 18 when they travel to nonleague Montrose.

Glenwood Springs 6, Grand Junction Central 1

Singles – No. 1 – Courtney McCallum (GS) def. Wendy Hansen (C), 6-1, 6-1. No. 2 – Celeste Cashel (GS) def. Amber Armendarez (C), 6-1, 6-0. No. 3 – Molly Axelson (GS) def. Leslie Kreis (C), 6-1, 6-4.

Doubles – No. 1 – Tessie Tracy/Michaela O’Leary (GS) def. Bri Lundquist/Valerie Lovato (C), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. No. 2 – Regina Waltsak/Jackie Weist (GS) def. Dusty Curman/Rachel Arnett (C), 6-4, 7-6 (5). No. 3 – Cherre Carver/Rachel Zancanella (GS) def. Jennifer Broaderson/Miranda Joslyn (C), 6-2, 6-2. No. 4 – Karen Magoffin/Alesia Wrich (C) def. Lisa Saatoff/Maggie Tolan (GS), 6-1, 6-4.

Durango 6, Glenwood Springs 1

Singles – No. 1 – Lindsay Eppich (D) def. Courtney McCallum (GS), 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 – Ashley Erickson (D) def. Celeste Cashel (GS), 6-3, 6-3. No. 3 – Molly Axelson (GS) def. Rachael McColla (D), 6-3, 6-3.

Doubles – No. 1 – Michelle Quintano/Erin McCormack (D) def. Tessie Tracy/Michaela O’Leary (GS), 6-0, 6-3. No. 2 – Emily Dezendorf/Natanya Mallin (D) def. Regina Waltsak/Jackie Weast (GS), 1-6, 6-1, 7-5. No. 3 – Meghan Eppich/Paige Bookie (D) def. Rachel Zancanella/Cherre Carver (GS), 6-1, 6-1. No. 4 – Caroline Charles/Alyssa Wolf (D) def. Maggie Tolan/Lisa Saatoff (GS), 8-6, 6-3.

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