Aspen girls make racquet on Steamboat, Longmont |

Aspen girls make racquet on Steamboat, Longmont

Jennifer Davoren
Aspen Times Staff Writer

The Aspen High School girls tennis team swatted back-to-back opponents 5 matches to 2 Friday and Saturday at the Maroon Creek Club.

The Skiers took out Steamboat Springs then Longmont, and they’ll look to do similarly with Glenwood Springs today.

Senior Jacqueline Pearlstone was a big winner, besting her Steamboat opponent on Friday and her Longmont counterpart on Saturday at No. 3 singles.

“[She] played wonderfully on both of her matches, and really had to fight Steamboat – they had a really strong singles player,” said AHS coach Sherril Kerr.

Steamboat, a Class 5A school, brought a strong singles contingent to Aspen for Friday’s matches, Kerr said. Both No. 1 singles player Alex Leddy and No. 2 Jennifer Leddy lost close contests.

“Alex Leddy lost a really close match – she was up for a while, but it just got away from her,” Kerr said. Leddy finished the day 5-7, 6-4 and 7-5.

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Aspen proved stronger in the doubles category, however, as all four Skier pairs – Nicole Hernandez and Brittany Biebl at No. 1, Teige Muhlfeld and Michele Koehler at No. 2, Caitlin Dunn and Christina Schleutter at No. 3, and Maggie Hoffman and Teagan Walter at No. 4 – collected wins.

The Skiers’ 5-2 finish against Steamboat was a unique feat – it marked Aspen’s second consecutive win over the larger team, Kerr said.

“We’ve beat them twice before, but never two years in a row,” Kerr said.

Aspen singles fared better on Saturday against 5A school Longmont, Kerr said, as both Alex Leddy and Pearlstone found wins.

“Alex won easily,” Kerr said. “She really came back, and the things that were kind of tweaks the day before, she fixed.”

The Skier’s No. 1, 2 and 3 doubles also marked wins that day. No. 4 Hoffman and Walter lost in a tiebreaker, Kerr said.

The Skiers host Glenwood Springs at 4 p.m. today at Maroon Creek, travel to Hotchkiss Tuesday and then open the 4A Western Regional Tournament on Friday in Grand Junction.

“It’s another round of 5A schools, but this is the time to have those tough matches – so you’re primed and ready to compete and play well at regionals,” Kerr said.