AHS tennis ekes past Glenwood
After narrowly losing 4-3 in its first league match of the season last Friday against Steamboat Springs on the road, the Aspen High girls tennis team rebounded with two wins.
Aspen beat Longmont 6-1 on Saturday in Steamboat, and on Tuesday at Glenwood Springs the Skiers beat the Demons 4-3 in a match that came down to a duel between the No. 1 doubles pairs, just like Steamboat.
In “howling snow and wind” in Glenwood, Aspen’s Caitlin Dunn and Reilly Gallagher pulled out to swing the tight match in Aspen’s favor; last Friday at Steamboat, it had gone the other way.
“They trailed 5-2 in the first set, then they rallied back and won playing some solid, smart tennis,” said Aspen coach Sherril Kerr.
Aspen senior and No. 1 singles player Alex Leddy continues to roll, winning all three of her matches in the last week. Leddy traces her only defeat to a league opponent back to March 20 against Montrose.
“Steamboat’s really tough and I knew they were going to be,” said Kerr. “So it was a good team for us to see before [the regional tournament, slated for May 6-7].
“But Glenwood turned out to be a very strong team as well,” said Kerr. “So we’re very pleased with how they’re coming along. They’re playing smart. We’ve worked on being patient and playing percentage tennis and making our move at the right time, and now’s the right time.”
On Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Maroon Creek Club, Aspen hosts Class 5A opponent Durango. On Friday, April 30, the AHS girls travel to play in the Mountain View tournament in Longmont before the May 7-8 Class 4A Western Regional Tournament in Grand Junction.
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