Aspen High School girls tennis serves for success
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School girls tennis team is serving success this season.
The Skiers, coached by Scott Dorais, served their way to the top by winning the Delta Invitational last weekend.
The Skiers powered past eight other teams to win the invitational, which featured many of the same teams that will compete in the upcoming regional championships next week.
“Delta always has an invitational tournament, and this year we won it,” said Dorias, tennis pro at the Maroon Creek Club in Aspen. “The girls played well.”
“We had our three toughest matches in March, and we got off to kind of a rough start,” Dorais said of the spring season. “But since then, the three girls in singles have played … more consistently.”
He said Caroline Godfrey, a junior, is handling duties at No. 1 singles this year.
“Caroline is a captain,” Dorais said.
Haley Hopkinson is at No. 2 singles for the Skiers this season. She’s a senior.
Caroline DeRosa is back at No. 3 singles this season.
“All three of these girls played singles last year. They have all improved,” Dorais said.
Junior Emily Puder and senior Jenn Coombe form Aspen’s No. 1 doubles team. They also return with experience from a year ago.
Senior Sadie Alpern and junior Kelsey Ward are at No. 2 doubles.
Alpern is back with experience from a year ago. Ward is a new player for the Skiers this season; she’s from Florida.
Freshman Olivia Carr and sophomore Ali Nichols play No. 3 doubles for Aspen.
And at No. 4 doubles, seniors Mary Landis and Hannah Kaufman take the court for the Skiers.
Youth is served
“Our team at No. 3 doubles is younger,” Dorais said. “Olivia is a freshman. This is her first varsity experience. But she has a good junior tennis background.”
He said Nichols brings a spirited attitude to the tennis courts.
“She’s a skier/hockey player. She brings that hockey attitude to the tennis courts,” the Aspen head coach said.
“Ali is doing a fantastic job. She’s improving daily,” Dorais said.
“All of the girls have been playing so much better than last year,” he said.
The Skiers will have dual meets against Vail Christian, Grand Junction Central, Delta and Cedaredge this week.
“Then, we practice Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday we go to regionals,” Dorais said.
The Skiers will compete in the Regional Championships on May 1-2 in Grand Junction.
The top two finishers in each category will advance to the State Tennis Championships.
“We’re excited about regionals. This year, I think, every single player has a chance to qualify (for state),” Dorais said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had a group like this. That was our goal from the start of the year .. to win regionals.”
The team this year, he said, enjoys a special camaraderie.
“I’ve been involved with the tennis program for 12 years. This year could be my favorite … this group of girls,” Dorais said. “I’m expecting big things from this group.”
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