Glenwood tennis team improves to 3-0
GRAND JUNCTION – Depth and experience, usually, are the main elements of a successful team.Head coach Phyllis Zilm mentioned both as the Glenwood Springs girls tennis team raised their unbeaten record to 3-0 this season after Tuesday’s road win at Grand Junction Central.”That’s what we want,” Zilm added. “All the singles players are experienced and played all summer long. I think that’s showing.”All three Demons singles players won their matches to spark Glenwood to a 6-1 team victory over a young Central team with six freshmen in the lineup.Roni St. Pierre, Glenwood’s No. 2 singles, had the quickest match of the day – a 6-1, 6-1 straight set win over Warrior freshman Mandy Johnson to set the pace.St. Pierre, a student at Rifle High School, said maturity and strength was a key part to the win. “I felt that I was stronger than her and just went out with confidence and courage. I just had confidence in myself to believe I was going to win.”It took a while for Maggie Tolan to regain her confidence. But once she did in the third set of her No. 1 singles match against Elise Beckstead, Tolan won the set’s last three games to earn a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win.”I knew I had to really pull it together for that third set. (Beckstead) really forced me to be consistent. So I just tried to get every ball back and come to the net more.”Using a strong forehand smash as the main weapon, Tolan broke Beckstead’s serve in the second game for a 1-all tie, then came back with her second straight win to gain control of the set.”She is a very consistent player. She didn’t come to the net very much, but she got the ball back every time,” Tolan said of Beckstead.”Maggie did a lot of it herself,” Zilm said of the comeback. “It was go in, do what you’re doing and be positive. Then she got rolling again.”The Demons rolled to straight-set matches for the rest of their wins. Caitlyn Fowler posted a 6-4, 6-0 score on the Warriors’ Brandi Davis in the No. 3 singles match.Lisa Saathoff and Kari Nesbit, in the No. 1 doubles, rode to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Brittany Champlin and Mary Clayton. Demon teammates Tamara Flanery and Stacey Miller earned a 6-0, 6-2 victory. Megan McGavock and Taylor Smith, Glenwood’s No. 3 doubles, won 6-3, 6-4 over Central’s Caitlin Goar and Meagan Shahnooshi.The Demons’ No. 4 doubles team of Kelly McFarrin and Siobhan Sullivan had the team’s only loss, falling to Erin Murphy and Salina Kirk, 6-4, 6-0.Glenwood is scheduled to open the home season Thursday against Summit. Matches will take place at the Community Center’s tennis courts and at Sayre Park.
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