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AHS girls tennis improves to 3-0

Aspen Times Staff Report

Aspen High School junior Laura Gordon won her third straight No. 1 singles match in straight sets Thursday to lead the AHS girls tennis team to a 5-2 win over Glenwood Springs.

Gordon, who has only lost one game in three matches this season, beat Glenwood’s top singles player, Nellie Hauff, 6-0, 6-0.

What won the match for the Aspen team though, said coach Sherril Kerr, was the play of doubles partners Brittany Bieble and Courtney Shelley, and Korry Johnson and Carly Arrasmith.

“The match was up in the air until the last set of two doubles games,” Kerr said, “and both teams won 6-2 to come back and win by doing the things that helped them win the first one. They sealed the win for us.”

Biebl and Sheeley, Aspen’s No. 2 doubles pair, won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. Johnson and Arrasmith prevailed 7-6, 1-6, 6-2.

Aspen’s No. 2 singles player, Tiffany Stone, lost to Chelsea St. Pierre 6-1, 3-6, 3-6. The AHS No. 3 singles player, Dana Stewart, added a 6-3, 6-4 win for Aspen.

Aspen’s No. 1 doubles pair, Alex Leddy and Nicole Hernandez, cruised to a 6-3, 6-0 win. The No. 3 doubles pair of Stephanie Wells and Jacqueline Pearlstone lost a close match 4-6, 6-3, 5-7.

“It was a convincing win,” Kerr said, “and this was a good Glenwood team. They’re typically very strong.”

The Aspen JV squad also bested Glenwood, 6-1.

With the varsity win, Aspen improved to 3-0 on the season. Aspen plays its next matches in early April, including an elite tourney in Grand Junction April 6-7.

“It’s exciting this season because I think we have a good chance not to just place at the regional tourney, but hopefully win it,” Kerr said. “That’s the goal.”

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