Glenwood, Carbondale tennis teams set to volley |

Glenwood, Carbondale tennis teams set to volley

April E. Clark
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Eileen Waski has a little help from her friends as she begins her sophomore season as Roaring Fork’s girls tennis coach.

“I’m excited,” Waski said. “I’ve had some great help. I was really fortunate to have Randy Crawford, from Maroon Creek, help me out.”

Waski also credits Rams tennis assistant Robin Garvik and friends Lisa Kasin and Sarah Gillies for a smooth transition into her second season.

“It was real neat to see everyone come together to help,” she said.

Last season, Waski coached No. 1 doubles team Maria Flores and Celeste Comings to a spot in the semifinals. Montrose outlasted the Rams in a three-set match, but not before the team made Roaring Fork tennis history and Waski proud.

“They made it to regionals for the first time ever,” Waski said “You learn by playing, and it’s been really fun to see them grow. There’s a lot of potential. I think we could have a really good team.”

Flores returns as a senior, paired with sophomore Landon Garvik at No. 1 doubles. Reanna Rollyson is also back as a senior at the No. 1 singles spot.

In all, the Rams lost six seniors to graduation but welcomed nine new players to the team.

“My philosophy for the girls is just as long as you go out there and give it all you can, that’s what’s important,” Waski said. “You just have to go out there and give it your all.”

Roaring Fork was scheduled to face Cedaredge over the weekend to start the season, but that match was postponed.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” In her 12 years of coaching, Glenwood Springs Demons tennis coach Phyllis Zilm has seen her share of rebuilding years.

And 2009 will be no different.

Last year, the Demons lost nine players to graduation, including No. 4 doubles players Siobhan Sullivan and Haylie Westphal, who finished third at regionals last year.

The team opened the season Saturday at home against Delta, falling 6-1 to the Panthers. Returning No. 1 singles player Courtney Bender won her match, 7-6 (5), 6-0.

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