Glenwood Springs Demon tennis team falls to Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Pilot Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS ” A pair of seniors salvaged what was an otherwise long day for the Glenwood Springs tennis team Saturday against Steamboat Springs.
Siobhan Sullivan and Haylie Westphal defeated Steamboat’s Lauren Siegel and Elise Krueger, 6-0, 6-4, earning the team’s only varsity match win.
“In the first set, we played really well. The second set was a little rough, but we pulled it off,” Westphal said. “That’s what we’ve done all year ” play great in the first and horrible in the second.”
It was still plenty good enough for the familiar pair. Westphal and Sullivan, seniors both, have been playing together for three years and have yet to lose in 2008.
“We were trying to be really consistent with our serves and in putting the volleys away up at the net,” Sullivan said.
Steamboat controlled the rest of the action, dominating the dual with a series of two-set matches.
“Each kid went out there composed and played well,” Steamboat Springs coach John Aragon said. “They had seven seniors and were very athletic, but our girls played very well in the matches.”
Steamboat Springs senior Lisa Floyd was the first Sailor on the court and the first off, beating Glenwood Springs’ Madison McCallum, 6-1, 6-2, to start Steamboat’s big day.
She said it was exactly the way she had hoped to bounce back after losing a two-set match earlier in the week to Vail Mountain’s Shannon McNamara.
“I felt a lot better than I did last time. I was in the groove better and my shots were falling in,” Floyd said. “Last week I wasn’t very focused and I got down on myself, but this was totally different.”
The Sailors biggest surprise may have come from the No. 2 singles player, Valerie Lezin. The Steamboat sophomore played singles Saturday in place of the squad’s usual competitor, Shelby Reed. Reed was playing in a tournament in Las Vegas, and Lezin didn’t hesitate to seize the advantage.
She also won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.
“Valerie went in and played well. I was really impressed with her composure,” Aragon said. “That was a big step for her.”
While Glenwood Springs packs plenty of veterans and seniors, coach Phyllis Zilm said the team ran into too much experience.
“Most of our girls don’t play all summer. They just come out for tennis season. We have a lot of good athletes, which helps, but it went how I thought it would go,” she said. “Now we have spring break, then a million matches after that.
“I’ll have some practice for anyone who’s in town, but most of the girls probably won’t play. They’ve been working hard for three weeks.”
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