Rams hold their ground against Bulldogs when it counts
CARBONDALE – When it mattered the most, the Roaring Fork girls tennis team proved it could handle the pressure, winning two tiebreakers and defeating Hotchkiss 5-2 on a cloudy, windy Friday afternoon.The Rams’ No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams turned in two winning performances, both ending in tiebreakers.The No. 1 squad of Ashley Jammaron and Isabella Volgger took the first set of their match against Jessi Baker and Stephanie Leger, dropping the first game, but winning six straight to win 6-1. The Bulldogs played much better in the second set, winning the first four games to get out to an early lead. But the Rams came back again, winning the next four to tie it up. The teams traded games, tying again at six and forcing the tiebreaker. The Rams came out on top, downing the Bulldogs 7-4 for the victory. “It is a little confusing,” Jammaron said of the tiebreaker processes. “It kinda makes it a little hard, but I think it is easier to play because it is a lot faster than playing a whole third set.”
The No. 2 Ram team of Stacia Comings and Tasha Koziel won its match against Becca Martin and Heather Johnson 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 (11-9) five minutes later. Down 9-6 in the tiebreaker, it looked like Roaring Fork wouldn’t be able to pull off the win, but Comings and Koziel scored five straight points for the victory. “I think the tiebreakers are good, but you can mess up one thing and it makes a big difference,” Comings said.The Rams didn’t make any mistakes in the last half of the tiebreaker and Koziel slammed to short shots with the Bulldogs waiting at the back of the court to seal the deal.”It’s nerve-racking, but those hits felt good,” Koziel said.The Rams’ No. 3 and No. 4 doubles teams also recorded wins over Hotchkiss. Maria Flores and Riana Rollyson (No. 3) topped Bulldogs Ashley Lamberg and Loy Cotten 7-6, 6-4 by winning four straight games in the second set and the No. 4 team of Celeste Comings and Estefania Maron beat Holly Nicewicz and Stephanie Bittle 6-1, 7-5.No. 2 singles player Erica Pelland got the Rams’ only singles win, defeating Ashley Hudson 6-4, 6-2. No. 1 Sarah Armstrong fell to Christina O’Connell 7-6, 6-0, and No. 3 player Kali Chesnut lost to Sarah Hatch 6-1, 6-2.
The Rams, who are now 5-3 this season, will play their third game in three days when they host Steamboat Springs today at 1 p.m. for their final regular-season match of the year. Hotchkiss rebounds from loss with victory over GlenwoodAfter Hotchkiss lost to Roaring Fork early in the afternoon, the Bulldogs headed to Glenwood where they beat the Demons 4-3 on Friday.The No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams picked up quick wins for Glenwood. The No. 1 Demon doubles team of Lisa Saathoff and Kari Nesbit beat Baker and Leger 6-2, 6-1, and Tamara Flanery and Stacey Miller bested Martin and Johnson 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 2 doubles match.
Tennis: see next pageRoni St. Pierre, the No. 2 player for the Demons, chalked up Glenwood’s only singles victory by beating Hudson 6-2, 6-1. Demon Teka Israel, filling in for Maggie Tolan at the No. 1 spot, lost to O’Connell 6-3, 6-3, and Caitlyn Fowler fell to Hatch 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles contest.Tolan was unavailable to play this weekend due to commitments at Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Her status to play for Glenwood at next week’s regional tournament in Grand Junction is not known.Glenwood’s No. 3 duo of Megan McGavock and Taylor Smith dropped their match to Lamberg and Cotten 6-0, 6-7, 6-4, and Kelly McFerrin and Siobhan Sullivan lost 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Nicewicz and Bitter.Glenwood will play its last regular-season match of the season today at Vail Mountain.
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