Glenwood Springs’ Demon tennis squad prepares for regionals |

Glenwood Springs’ Demon tennis squad prepares for regionals

Joelle Milholm
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Knowing it is their last trip to regionals, Glenwood Springs tennis coach Phyllis Zilm wants her seniors to play hard on Thursday and Friday. And not just hard, she wants them to leave everything they have out on the court.

“I am hoping the girls will step up and play as hard as they can. I want to see them be scrappy and dive for everything that comes across the net,” Zilm said. “I am looking for them to play with a high energy level.”

Both Glenwood and Roaring Fork will be in action this week in the Class 4A Region 8 tournament in Grand Junction. Each singles player and doubles set will be placed in their respective brackets and battle opponents from Steamboat Springs, Aspen, Delta, Hotchkiss, Montezuma Cortez and Paonia. The top two singles players and top two doubles pairs in each bracket will advance to the state tournament in Pueblo May 8-10.

The Demons roster of 11 players contains eight seniors. From No. 3 singles player Teka Israel to the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 doubles duos, Glenwood has a lot of experience. Zilm is hoping that experience along with a strong effort could net a state tournament appearance.

Last year, the Demon finished third in three brackets, coming just shy of a state berth.

Roaring Fork has been led by its 6-1 No. 1 doubles pair of Maria Flores and Celeste Comings. Their only loss on the season came to Vail Mountain.

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