AHS girls tennis wins regionals
Aspen Times Staff Writer
One point made all the difference for the Aspen High School girls tennis team.
The Skiers claimed their second straight regional championship this weekend in Grand Junction, earning two singles players and three doubles teams a berth to the state championship.
And it was all thanks to a single point earned in a match against the tourney’s second-place finisher, Montrose.
“Talk about `by a nose,'” laughed AHS Coach Sherril Kerr. “These girls just built on what we did last year. Each one is strong at their position.”
Alex Leddy in No. 1 singles, No. 3 singles player Jacqueline Pearlstone, No. 1 doubles team Nicole Hernandez and Brittany Biebl, No. 2 doubles Teige Muhlfeld and Michele Koehler, and No. 3 doubles Caitlin Dunn and Christina Schleutter all won final matches to push the Skiers to first place.
“Not everybody won in straight sets,” Kerr said. “There were some really exciting matches that could have gone either way, and their tenacity made the difference.
“Jacqueline Pearlstone played the match of her career in the third set … her win was crucial.”
Even though No. 2 singles player Jennifer Leddy and No. 4 doubles team Maggie Hoffman and Teagan Walter weren’t able to pull off wins in the tournament final, their placings helped boost Aspen to the overall win, Kerr said.
The girls have just one practice left before the state tournament – the team will leave for Pueblo on Wednesday to prepare for first-round matches on Thursday. And the experience they earned at regionals may be more than enough to give them an edge at state, Kerr said.
“They learn more in a tournament like this than I can teach them in a month,” she laughed.
The Skiers seem confident about the level of competition they’ll see in Pueblo, Kerr said. The coach credited practices at the Maroon Creek Club, as well as assistant coaches Cecil Hernandez and Scott Duray for their level of preparedness.
“We’ve played some of these teams and did really well … so, the sky’s the limit,” she said.
Jennifer Davoren’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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