Glenwood Pink tennis team to play in Denver
Post Independent Sports Editor
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Melody Morris doesn’t hesitate to talk about what makes the Glenwood Springs Level 2.5 Pink tennis team stand out from others.
“These ladies work so hard,” said Morris, a longtime member of a team which will compete in the USTA District Championship, which runs today through Sunday in Denver at the Colorado Athletic Club — Monaco. “These women have made such a huge effort.”
No doubt, some of the team members have juggled children, family and work responsibilities to put in time to practice, some staying at the Glenwood Spriings Community Center tennis courts as late as 10:30 p.m. earlier this week. That’s also combined with the team camaraderie which is prevalent on the team, which is making its second district-championship appearance this year.
That camaraderie has helped Pink go into the weekend with confidence, knowing the team members can count on each other.
“We all enjoy playing with one another,” 38-year-old Sasha Enawold said. “We can tell each other when’s on our minds and how we feel about how we’re playing. Nobody ever takes it personally, and we move on. We all work together, and there’s no egos.”
Team members include team captains Margo Stapleton and Morris along with Amy Treese, Enewold, Amy Roggie, Mary Hinkey, Carolyn Strautman, Rebecca Rosenberg and Lisa Hartert.
Pink, which managed a third-place finish at the Denver district tournament in early August, finished 6-0 against Roaring Fork Valley teams which came from Aspen, Carbondale and Glenwood to reach this weekend’s regional tournament. Team champions at each level of play — which moves up to levels 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 — advance to the USTA nationals in Salt Lake City.
Enawold and Roggie primarily play singles, but everyone else on the squad teams up to play doubles. It also helps that Pink has a pair of coaches — Sue Gueist and Bob Hinkey — who have been willing to invest time into everyone on the team.
That said, Pink is pretty optimistic about its chances during the weekend, though the team is happy about what it’s accomplished.
“We always feel like we’ve done so well if we’ve won anything,” Morris said, smiling. “Don’t get me wrong. We want to win. But we also want to have fun, and we always do.”
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