Tennis: Glenwood pair are friends and foes — and champions
CARBONDALE — Sasha Enewold and Amy Roggie are the best of friends on the tennis court — when they’re playing together, that is.
Then again, there’s not a whole ton of animosity even when the two Glenwood Springs women are on opposite sides of the tennis net. That showed on Sunday at the 17th annual River Valley Ranch Tennis Classic, when the pair played each other in the women’s 3.0 singles championship before teaming up to play in the women’s 3.0 doubles title match.
“Trust me,” Enewold said. “If we’re not giving each other crap, that just means we’re not playing well.”
Enewold and Roggie are just two of the close to 200 tennis players from around Colorado and its surrounding states to descend on the green-clay courts of River Valley Ranch Swimming and Tennis Club for the USTA-sanctioned tournament. Many of the club’s longtime players, along with players who had never played in the tournament before, were part of the field that descended down to the 3.0 playing level and all the way up to the near-expert 5.0 level.
Enewold and Roggie, who play regularly at the Glenwood Springs Community Center, were among such first-time tournament players. That didn’t really matter to the pair, which went into the doubles bracket as the top seed in the nine-team bracket and prevailed 6-2, 6-4 in the title match against Marcia Moore and Kori New, also of Glenwood Springs. In 3.0 singles, Enewold earned straight-set victories over the top-seeded Pam Groves (6-2, 6-0) of Grand Junction and Christie Jensen of Carbondale (6-1, 6-3) before beating Roggie 6-4, 6-4 in the final.
They playfully jawed at each other during that final, with each consistently quipping when the other made an unreturnable shot. It helped make the atmosphere around the match competitive but fun, with that trend carrying on into the pair’s title match in doubles.
“The only difference is that there, her phenomenal shots go for me, not against me,” Roggie said, laughing.
There wasn’t too much that went against Carbondale couple Paul and Patti Dudley, who claimed their second consecutive championship in the mixed 4.0 doubles bracket with their 6-2, 6-3 win over Daniel Dennison of New Castle and Kerri Heyl of Glenwood.
Paul not only won that honor, but at nearly 74-years-old also claimed the title as the tournament’s oldest player. He and Patti, 61, didn’t play like that on Sunday, consistently returning volleys from awkward positions en route to taking a commanding early lead in both sets.
Some of it, Paul said, was attributed to playing their opponent’s back line throughout the match. That left nearly all the returns late in the first set for Heyl and limited return opportunities for Dennison, who showed plenty of power during the match.
“Playing on the back line … is how you’re supposed to play all the time,” Paul said. “But we communicate well, too, so we can adjust if we need to.”
The victory at the tournament’s top level came courtesy of Bryan Mehall, who won the men’s 5.0 tournament title with a convincing 6-2, 6-0 victory over Andrew Gunberg of Grand Junction.
Another Glenwood resident who won a singles title was Phyllis Zilm, who beat top-seeded Brittany Biebel of Carbondale 6-4, 6-1 in the women’s 4.5 singles final. Zilm this past spring retired from her position as Glenwood Springs High School’s girls golf coach following close to two decades at the school. Also winning was Julie Myers of Snowmass, who won a pair of matches to win a round-robin field in women’s 4.0 singles.
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