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.”
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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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