AHS girls tennis opens season with pair of wins
The Aspen High School girls tennis team netted a pair of wins in its season-opening matches Saturday against Paonia and Hotchkiss.
The Aspen girls won both matches handily, beating Paonia 7-0 in matches, and Hotchkiss 5-2.
“It was an awesome start,” said Aspen coach Sherril Kerr. “It was pretty much a sweep, though Hotchkiss gave us more of a run for our money.”
Aspen singles players Laura Gordon, Tiffany Stone and Dana Stewart each won matches against Paonia players in straight sets, though the Aspen players had more difficulty against Hotchkiss.
Gordon won again (6-0, 6-0) over Hotchkiss’ Wendy Bodwell, while Stone eked out a win (6-0, 2-6, 7-5) over Haley Benson. Stewart dropped her singles match against Cara Schmidt (2-6, 2-6).
In doubles action, three teams of Aspen players downed Paonia in straight sets. The Aspen pairs of Alex Leddy and Nicole Hernandez, and Brittany Beibe and Courtney Sheeley continued their domination, beating Paonia pairs in straight sets. Aspen players Cory Reno and Stephanie Wells downed Paonia 6-3, 6-2, before running into trouble against Hotchkiss.
The Aspen junior varsity team fared “just as well as the varsity,” Kerr said, winning 14 or 16 matches against Paonia and Hotchkiss Saturday.
A total of 25 girls make up the AHS tennis squad, including “a lot of freshmen who make our team very strong,” Kerr said.
Aspen hosts Glenwood Springs in its next match, slated for March 15 at 4 p.m. at the Maroon Creek Club in Aspen, which has donated court time for the match, Kerr said.
“We’re just starting to gear up,” Kerr said. “We play a total of ten matches and two tourneys. April will be the heart of our season,” which will include five dual-meet matches and two tournaments.
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