Demons wield their rackets well
A straight-set win put a smile on Roni St. Pierre’s face, but it failed to satisfy her. “I always want to gain. I always want to grow. And I never want to settle,” she said after posting a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Shannon Dunford in Glenwood Springs’ 5-2 tennis win over Paonia Tuesday.”I’m not satisfied,” she continued. “I’m always looking forward.”
It’s a good attitude for the Demons’ No. 2 singles player to take with two more Western Slope League matches to play this week.St. Pierre set the tone of the match by dismissing Dunford in 41 minutes.In that span, the Rifle High School senior, who has played her entire high school tennis career for Glenwood due to her school’s not fielding a team, broke Dunford’s serve four times and forced her into 12 double faults along with serving eight aces.”I noticed at the beginning (Dunford) had a little bit of a hard time getting my serves back. So I just used my serves as a weapon,” said St. Pierre. She also used a top-spin lob for more points.
“I do like to do a drop shot a lot,” St. Pierre admitted. “It’s my favorite, and I like to trick people with it.”The bulk of the remaining Demons roster weren’t as tricky in their respective matches but had good results.In the No. 3 singles match, Caitlyn Fowler notched a 6-0, 6-0 win against the Eagles’ Kori Kropp. Two of Glenwood’s doubles teams also won in straight sets.
Stacey Miller and Tamera Flanery recorded a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the No. 2 doubles match over Chelsea Bradford and Lucia Garcia. Teammates Megan McGavock and Taylor Smith won the No. 3 doubles contest against Elizabeth Kline and Kanielle Kropp, 6-4, 6-0.Glenwood’s No. 3 doubles pair – Kelly McFerrin and Siobhan Sullivan – won their match with Paonia’s Cheryl Duncan and Brennan Holt on a third-set tiebreaker after both teams won an earlier set.Paonia’s two match wins came against the Demons’ No. 1 singles replacement, Teka Israel, a fill-in for Maggie Tolan, who was absent due to a school event, and in No. 2 doubles, where Lisa Saathoff and Kari Nesbitt lost 6-2, 6-4 to Halala Green and Kristin Husted.The Demons face Hotchkiss this afternoon, then conclude the regular season Saturday at Vail Mountain School.
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