Aspen High girls tennis powers past Paonia

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
Aspen No. 1 singles player Mary Williams gets ready to serve against Paonia's Jessie Holt during the high school matches this week at the Maroon Creek Club. Williams won in straight sets.
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The Aspen High School tennis team stepped indoors for the final home matches of the season.

The Skiers, on the familiar clay courts at the Maroon Creek Club, celebrated a dominating 7-0 win over visiting Paonia on senior day.

“The girls came out and really played well,” said first-year AHS tennis coach Lauren MacKay. “We were probably a little more familiar with the (indoor courts).”

She said the Skiers play most of their matches outdoors in the spring.

But this year’s spring weather has kept the Skiers indoors on many occasions.

“We try to get as many practices outside as we can,” said MacKay, after watching the Skiers sweep the Eagles on Tuesday night.

Aspen set the tone for the match at No. 1 singles where freshman Mary Williams won 6-4, 6-2 over Paonia’s Jessie Holt.

Williams started quickly, taking a 5-2 lead in the first set on a wicked backhand winner.

But Holt recovered to win two consecutive games before Williams won the set with an overhead winner.

She held serve in the second set, and the all-conference volleyball play won 6-2.

At No. 2 singles, Aspen’s Libby Reagan defeated McKenna Erickson of Paonia 6-1, 6-0.

At No. 3 singles, Aspen’s Olivia Carr needed three sets to beat Kelsey Stroud 7-5, 4-6, 10-5 (pro set tiebreaker).

Aspen also swept all four doubles matches at the Maroon Creek Club this week even though the Skiers were missing several regular doubles players because of illness.

Grace Ferguson and Ali McNichol of Aspen won at No. 1 doubles. They topped Kayla Carter and Brandi Goddard 67-2, 6-2.

At No. 2 doubles, Aspen’s Anna Citron teamed with Alura Potamkin to win 6-2, 6-3 over Paonia’s Haley Park and Emily Wilczek.

Aspen’s Marissa Buchholz and C. Edwards won at No. 3 doubles topping Bailee Campbell and Mary O’Rourke 6-2, 6-2.

And at No. 4 doubles, Aspen won behind Olivia Bond and Bliss Pekkala. They defeated Sierra Griffith and Ashley Ziemer in a three-set thriller.

After dropping the opening set 6-6, Aspen rallied to win 6-4 and 10-6 in the third-set tiebreaker.

The AHS girls tennis team will play at Delta today.