Glenwood tennis falls in battle vs.Aspen |

Glenwood tennis falls in battle vs.Aspen

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Madison McCallum needed a set to get a full read on her opponent. Jackie Nickel needed three games.

The Glenwood Springs girls tennis teammates accounted for the Demons’ two wins in Thursday’s showdown with visiting Aspen. Both were of the come-from-behind variety.

At No. 1 singles, McCallum dropped her first set with Aspen’s Whitney Hubbell. Using her powerful serve and finding all corners of the court with her volleys, the junior fought back to win a tight second set, 6-4, forcing a third-set tiebreaker.

McCallum rallied to take four of the tiebreaker’s final five points to escape triumphant.

“I kind of had to take the first set to find out what kind of player she was,” said McCallum, sporting a black shirt that read “MADD-DOG” on the back. “I’m kind of a power hitter. I had to change my game to mold to hers.”

Nickel traversed a much easier path to victory at No. 3 singles.

The Glenwood senior fell behind 3-0 to the Skiers’ Casey Altman before assuming control of the match. Nickel took six of the set’s next seven points to take the game. She followed by winning the second set, 6-4.

“I just started having confidence in myself,” Nickel said, explaining her turnaround. “I don’t know. I just started hitting the ball better, chasing my shots better.”

The rest of the Demons didn’t fare as well.

Aspen’s Grace Lodge scrapped out of a one-set hole to top Glenwood’s Courtney Bender 1-6, 6-0, 10-6 at No. 2 singles and the Skiers swept the doubles action to win 5-2.

Scoring doubles wins for Aspen were Georgia Lipkin and Nelly Weiser at No. 1, Rio Crandall and Mimi Rogers at No. 2, Kayla Hansen and Hanah Fever at No. 3 and Sydney Mondry and Melissa Carr at No. 4.

All told, four of the day’s seven matches went to third-set tiebreakers. Aspen coach Scott Dorais watched his Skiers win three of those nailbiters.

“The competition was great,” he said. “That’s what makes all the girls better players, learning how to play those third-set tiebreakers.”

Next on the schedule for Aspen is a Monday trip to Fruita Monument. Glenwood will visit Grand Junction on Saturday.

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