AHS tennis swats down Durango
The Aspen High girls tennis team made history Saturday with its first-ever victory over Durango.Coming off a 7-0 sweep of Cortez Friday to open the weekend road trip, Aspen out-dueled Durango 4-3 for back-to-back wins.Aspen’s No. 1 and 2 singles players Jennifer Leddy and Teige Muhlfeld, and No. 1 and 2 doubles pairs, Caitlin Dunn and Michele Koehler, and Maggie Hoffman and Teagan Walter, respectively, all won their matches to seal Saturday’s win.With one match to play in the regular season – Tuesday at Glenwood Springs – Aspen is now 8-2 in head-to-head play.”We had a great weekend,” said Aspen coach Sherril Kerr. “Everbody won, everybody played well [against Cortez on Friday], and they continued it on Saturday as we beat Durango for the first time in school history, 4-2. Losing by 5-2 is about as close as we’ve ever gotten.”Against Cortez, Aspen’s No. 3 singles player, Demetra Kane, and No. 3 and 4 doubles teams, Reilly Gallagher and Robin Landis, and Elyse Boelens and Caitlyn Carlson, respectively, also won their matches.”It took awhile for them to warm up in the early going against Cortez,” said Kerr. “They had me worried. But they’d been on the bus for six hours, and eventually they got it going.”Kerr credited Muhlfeld, who was battling illness Saturday at Durango, for sticking with it. “She found that fighter inside,” said Kerr. “If she wouldn’t have finished her match, or if she hadn’t won, we wouldn’t have won. That’s senior leadership.”After Tuesday’s regular-season finale at Glenwood Springs, Aspen will be preparing for the May 5-6 Class 4A Western Slope Regional Tournament in Grand Junction. Only the top two finishers in each position – No. 1 singles, for instance – advance to the Class 4A Colorado state championship tournament May 12-14 in Pueblo.”They’re peaking,” said Kerr. “I hate that word, but they’ve figured out a long of things and they’re playing really smart tennis. And that’s the best thing in the world going into regionals. Percentage tennis is what we’re trying to do.”Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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