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Post Independent File/Kara K. PearsonRoaring Forks Renee French plays against Hotchkiss Christina OConnell during a match last season. French and the Rams will start the 2006 spring season Tuesday at Aspen.
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The Glenwood Springs girls tennis team started its 2006 season on a high note, defeating Delta 5-2 and shutting out Cedaredge 7-0 on Saturday.On a cold day on its opponents’ home courts, Glenwood first took on a Delta team who was missing some of its varsity players and was forced to play with some of its junior varsity members. No. 2 singles player Roni St. Pierre topped Delta’s Christina Gallegos 6-0, 6-0 and No. 3-Demon Caitlyn Fowler beat Pilar Wong 6-4, 6-3. Three of Glenwood’s four doubles teams also came away with wins. The No. 1 doubles duo of Kari Nesbit and Lisa Saathoff worked to a 6-2, 6-0 victory, the No. 2 doubles team of Tamara Flanery and Stacey Miller won their match 6-4, 6-2, and Megan McGavock and Taylor Smith, the No. 3 team, also won, 6-3, 6-3.The Demons then headed to Cedaredge, where No. 1 singles player Maggie Tolan got her first victory of the season in a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kelsey Anderson. St. Pierre and Fowler each earned their second victories of the day with 6-4, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-0 wins, respectively.

All four doubles teams defeated Cedaredge with the No. 4 team of Kelly McFerrin and Siobhan Sullivan chalking up their first win by beating Kirsten Parker and Ashley Sullivan 7-6 and 6-2. Nesbit and Saathoff won 6-1, 6-1, Flanery and Miller won 6-0, 6-4, and McGavock and Smith also won their match, 6-2, 6-1.”The first match is always tough, but they did just fine,” head coach Phyllis Zilm said of her team’s effort. “Looking at them, I think they’ll get better each match.” The Demons were scheduled to play their first match March 10 against Durango, but it was postponed due to large amounts of snow covering the courts. The Demons’ practice time has also been limited by the snow, and the team has been forced to play “lobby tennis” to prepare for the 2006 season.”We had a week’s worth of practices two weeks ago, and it was just enough to get the ladder set and establish the varsity team, and that’s about it,” Zilm said. “We’ve been playing some lobby tennis inside the high school and running in the gym.”

Eighteen players make up this year’s squad, 15 of whom played last season. If weather allows, the Demons will be back on the court on Tuesday, traveling to Grand Junction to face the Central TigersRoaring Fork tennis raring to goFourteen players make up the Roaring Fork’s 2006 roster, including seven returning varsity Rams. Despite losing a large chunk of its team to graduation last year, there are new faces head coach Doug Ellis is really excited about. “Six seniors graduated last year, but we’ve got a lot of freshmen that are coachable and fun to be around, so I am psyched to see how they do,” Ellis said.



Snow has made practicing outdoors a challenge for the Rams, as it has for every other team, but Roaring Fork is trying to work around it.Roaring Fork was also slated to face Durango on March 10, but snow also scratched that match off the schedule. Now the Rams will travel to Aspen on Tuesday to play a Skier team who has the luxury of practicing at an indoor facility.”It’s going to be an experience for everyone,” Ellis said of the match. “(The Skiers) will have the advantage because they are used to playing on the courts, and they have been practicing indoors for about a month.”Roaring Fork has 12 matches on the schedule this season and will look to veterans Sarah Armstrong, Ashley Jammaron, Stacie Comings and Renee French to lead them to a successful season. Ellis is also hoping to place a Ram in the state tournament.”I’m just hoping that the new girls will grow to love tennis and that our returning girls will play well at regionals and that maybe we’ll have someone go to state,” Ellis said. “We’ve been around for three years, and that hasn’t happened yet.”


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