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Optimism at high peak for 2004 Demon girls tennis team

A presence on the Western Slope: It’s a new feeling that the Glenwood Springs girls tennis team takes into its season-opening match against Montrose today at the Glenwood Community Center courts.

The combination of three returning senior singles players along with varsity experience in each of Glenwood’s four doubles team gives the Demons plenty of optimism heading into the 2004 season.

“I think our whole team is really looking forward to this year and doing well,” said senior Molly Axelson. “I know I’m hoping this is going to be my year and hopefully have that chance to go to state.”



Axelson will be slotted in the No. 3 singles position this year. Complementing her in the two remaining singles slots at No. 1 is letterman Celeste Cashel with Courtney McCallum holding down the No. 2 spot.

“We’ve all gotten better, and I’m just excited to go out and play some tennis,” Cashel said.



McCallum agrees with her teammate.

“I’m personally excited, and I’m going all out this year,” said McCallum. “I worked pretty hard in the off-season. I have a one-handed backhand (stroke) now and worked a lot on making my forehand stronger.”

McCallum said the team’s experience across the board should make the Demons a tougher opponent to face.

“The more matches you have, the easier it is to walk out on the court and not have as much nerves,” she added.

And seasoned veterans with lots of experience are on each of Glenwood’s four doubles team.

Senior Tessie Tracy and Lisa Saathoff, a sophomore, open the year as the Demon No. 1 pair. The No. 2 slot features a senior/sophomore pairing in Molly Ackerman and Maggie Tolan.

Returning state qualifiers Regina Waltsak and Jackie Weast return at No. 3 doubles. Senior No. 4 doubles player Rachel Zancanella has a new partner this year in freshman Caitlyn Fowler.

Glenwood’s next scheduled match after today’s opener will be April 2 in Grand Junction.


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