Two Demons play at state today |

Two Demons play at state today

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Roni St. Pierre didn’t know exactly what to expect when she showed up for her first Glenwood Springs High School tennis practice.

Not only was it the junior’s first season of prep tennis, but she was also a Bear forced to dress up in Demons’ clothing.

“Coming here with Glenwood, at first I felt like an outlaw,” said St. Pierre, who attends Glenwood’s biggest rival, Rifle High School, but plays for the Demons since Rifle doesn’t offer a tennis program. “But I got along with every single girl. They kind of took me in.”

The union has definitely worked out for both sides. St. Pierre, the Demons No. 2 singles player, advanced to the Class 4A Girls Tennis State Tournament, along with teammate Caitlyn Fowler (No. 3 singles). The tournament starts today at Pueblo City Park.

Both players are happy to have some company in Pueblo for the tournament.

“It’s definitely (nice having) someone who can support me, and I can go support someone else,” St. Pierre said.

It’s the second straight year Glenwood qualified two singles players for state (a doubles team also qualified last season), but it’s the first trip for both Fowler, a sophomore, and St. Pierre.

They both needed a solid run at the regional tournament to gain the berth.

“I worked as hard as I could to get (to state),” Fowler said. “I wasn’t expecting it, but I worked as hard as I could.”

Fowler advanced to the regional championship with her biggest win coming against Aspen’s Demetra Kayne, 6-2, 6-3, a player she lost to during the regular season. After falling in the championship match, Fowler held off Montrose’s Taylor Orahood, 6-3, 6-3, in the challenge match.

Fowler said it was the best tennis she played so far this summer.

“I kind of psyched myself up for it the whole week,” she said.

St. Pierre also fell in the championship, but didn’t need to play a challenge match for her spot.

The play gets tougher starting today.

“It’s definitely a couple levels (higher),” St. Pierre said. “It’s a whole other world from what we’ve been playing.

“I definitely need to be confident, be consistent and believe in myself,” she added.

“I just want to play my best,” Fowler said.

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