Two Demon duos set for state tennis

Phil Sandoval

GRAND JUNCTION – Who cares about making history?

The only important thing to the Glenwood Springs Nos. 2 and 4 doubles teams is they are going to the state 4A girls tennis tournament.

History, you can always read about.

The No. 2 team of Regina Waltsak and Jackie Weast and their No. 4 Demon counterparts – Rachael Zancanella and Cheree Carver – rather be playing tennis.

Both teams will resume playing Friday on the courts at Pueblo City Park with a new goal – bringing home a state medal.

And, by making history with two state qualifiers for the first time in the program, both of the Demon doubles teams earned a district title in the process.

Zancanella and Carver won their match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 over Anna Campbell and Lela Rundle of Hotchkiss.

It’s the second time in as many years a Glenwood No. 4 doubles team has qualified for state.

Last year, Carver’s older sister, Crystal, won the regional match and state berth with her four-year partner Jeri Cable.

Waltsak and Weast had to win the third against Aspen’s Teise Muhlfeld and Michelle Koehler in the No. 2 doubles championship game.

Glenwood won the first-set 7-6 in a tiebreaker, then fell 4-6 to the Skiers to set up the rubber match. The Demons took the title on a 6-2 victory.

Molly Axelson lost the No. 3 singles championship match, in straight sets to Aspen’s Jacqueline Pearlstone, forcing her into a playback match for the second state playoff berth.

Axelson lost the playback match to Montrose’s Ann White 1-6, 6-3, 6-0.

The Demons won one of two third-place matches on Saturday.

Michaela O’Leary and Tessie Tracy defeated Margaret Jankowsky and Hailey Cutler, 6-3, 7-6 after losing the first set, 6-4 in a No. 1 Doubles match.

No. 1 singles Courtney McCallum fell to Hotchkiss’ Mimi Streza after extending her opponent to three sets.

Earlier, the Demon junior outlasted Delta’s Lauren Mendoza, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a third-place semifinal contest.

All seven of Roaring Fork’s players were eliminated from the tournament on Friday.

Renee French and Crystal Wanner, earned the Rams’ lone victory with a 6-3, 6-4 outcome in the No. 2 doubles against Montezuma-Cortez’s Callie Carver and Jacy Pickens. They were eliminated by Megan McBryde and Sonya Loper of Montrose in the quarterfinals.

No. 1 Doubles, Lacey Delost and Stephanie Gustine, the No. 3 doubles team of Ashley Jammaron and Stacia Comings and the Ram No. 4 twosome of Gilda Flores and Kate Thayn were defeated in the first round.

In singles play, Rams’ Lindsey Cheney, Autumn Evans and Sarah Armstrong lost their respective first-round matches all in straight sets.

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