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Ram netters on the rise

The early-season dark clouds that engulfed Roaring Fork High School’s girls tennis team have brightened.

Under the tutelage of newly-hired coach Doug Ellis, the Rams breezed to a 6-1 dual meet win at Delta April 3, and the players are brimming with confidence heading into this afternoon’s scheduled home matches with Salida and Cederedge.

“It was a big morale booster for us,” said Ellis of the win over Delta.

“We played good high-percentage tennis and made adjustments when we needed to. I am looking forward to building on this victory and taking a new level of confidence and court savvy into our matches against the other teams in our region.”

Roaring Fork constructed its big lead against the Panthers quickly.

All three singles players recorded wins.

Autumn Evans, the Rams’ No. 1 player, won a three-set, see-saw battle against Delta’s Genevieve Gallegos, on 6-2, 6-1 set victories after dropping the first set 6-2.

Sarah Armstrong and Renee French, at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, each won their matches in straight sets.

In doubles play, the Rams No. 1 team of Stephanie Gustine and Lacey DeLost whipped Delta’s Stephanie Ellison and Pilar Wong, 6-1, 7-5.

Roaring Fork’s No. 2 doubles pair of Dayna Davey and Katie Anderson defeated the Panthers’ Chrissy Wolf and Kristy Tanner in a third set tiebreaker, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6, and the Rams’ No. 4 team of Erica Pelland and Natasha Koriel won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 over Delta’s Mary Jones and Alisha Clubb.

Kate Thayn and Gilda Flores suffered the Rams’ lone defeat of the day in a No. 3 doubles match to Panthers Lisa McGee and Sierra Huffington, 6-4, 6-4.

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