Glenwood tennis gains valuable experience at Western Slope |

Glenwood tennis gains valuable experience at Western Slope

Phil Sandoval

GRAND JUNCTION – The best thing about facing a tough opponent in tennis is the experience gained from the match.

“It was a great experience. I gained so much. It really improved my game,” said Celeste Cashel after being eliminated Western Slope Invitational tournament on a 8-2 to Krista Herr of Montrose in Saturday’s No. 2 singles semifinal match.

Cashel, along with No. 1 singles Courtney McCallum, and two of the Demons’ doubles teams advanced to the final day of the two-day tournament on Saturday.

McCallum dropped an 8-1 pro-set decision to Steamboat’s Kim Harcelrode in her consolation semifinal match.

In the doubles tournament, Glenwood’s No. 1 team of Micaela O’Leary and Tessie Tracy advanced to the consolation semis by defeating Grand Junction’s Britanni Powers and Brittany Burdette, 8-1.

Glenwood’s Cheree Carver and Rachael Zancannella also moved to the consolation semifinals in the No. 4 doubles tournament with an 8-0 quarterfinal win on Friday over Montezuma-Cortez’s April Engelhart and Morgan Parker.

The results of Saturday’s doubles matches were unavailable at press time.

In matches played on Friday, No. 3 singles Molly Axelson and the Demons Nos. 2 and 3 doubles teams were eliminated after taking a second tournament loss.

Axelson suffered back-to-back losses. Losing matches to Kent Denver’s Lauren Ayers and Alexandra Vu from Denver Overland, respectively.

The No. 2 doubles team of Regina Waltsak and Jackie Weast lost its first match in straight sets to Christie Hodson and Courtney LaForest of Greeley West, then dropped out on a 9-7 pro-set loss to Montrose.

Glenwood’s all-freshman duo, Maggie Tolan and Lisa Saathoff fell to Grand Junction’s Miranda Kettle and Jillian Thompson, 6-0, 6-2, then lost 8-3 in the consolations to Sasha Lovato and Emily Palizzi of Arvada West.

The Demons are off until Thursday when they host Salida at the tennis courts in Sayre and Veltus Parks.

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