State hopes still alive for Demons’ doubles teams
Post Independent Staff
GRAND JUNCTION ” Tamera Flanery and Stacey Miller have a simple solution when they face problems on the tennis court: Stay positive.
The plan worked twice for Glenwood’s No. 2 doubles team during Thursday’s first day of the Class 4A, Region 8 tournament.
Pushed to a third-set tiebreaker by Aspen in their first match of the day, followed by a second nail-biter with Violette Cloud and Kelsey Fosnot of Montezuma-Cortez in the semifinals, Flanery and Miller remained upbeat and won both matches.
More importantly, the 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7) victory Miller and Flanery took over Cortez advanced them into today’s No. 2 doubles regional championship against Steamboat’s Anya Salzeger and Rebecca Timmerman.
The winner from that match as well as Glenwood’s No. 3 Doubles team ” Megan McGavock and Taylor Smith ” move on to next week’s 4A state tournament in Pueblo.
A loss, depending on how playback challenge matches pan out in both slots, could put the runner-up in jeopardy of going to state.
It’s a fact both Demon finalists refuse to think of.
“It was my goal to get into this,” Miller said of making the regional final. “Earlier, today I didn’t think we could win against (Cortez). They looked really tough, but we pulled it out and I’m excited for the finals.”
Tied at a set each, Cloud and Fosnot forced the tiebreaker when they knotted the third set at 6-all. They continued to dominate play early in the tiebreaker, extending a slim two point lead to 6-3.
The Demons tied the game on two Flanery winners, combined with a Cortez wide return. The Panthers regained the lead on Cloud’s service ace. Miller and Flanery sealed the match by winning the next three straight points.
Positive thinking, Miller said, turned the tide.
“In past matches we’ve been down before like that. Through the whole season we’ve been trying to stay positive,” she said. “We were able to stay positive through that whole match. And we pulled it out.”
McGavock and Smith also had to endure some tense moments of their own to reach the finals. They, too, won a third-game tiebreaker.
An 8-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Steamboat Springs moved the Demons’ No. 3 doubles to the semifinals, where they downed Ashley Lamberg and Loy Cottongen of Hotchkiss, 6-1, 6-4 after losing the first set.
They face Cortez’s Jessica Reed and Tori Pickens in today’s finals. Both matches are slated for 9:30 a.m. at Mesa State College’s Elliott Tennis Center.
Three other matches involving area players will also take place this morning.
Glenwood singles players Roni St. Pierre and Caitlyn Fowler line up for third-place semifinal matches at 8 a.m. The winner of a first-round playback No. 1 doubles match, involving the Demons’ Lisa Saathoff and Kari Nesbit vs. Roaring Fork’s Isabel Volgger and Ellie McBrayer, plays a yet-to-be determined opponent at press time for third place.
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