Aspen tennis downs Glenwood Springs
GLENWOOD SPRINGS Madison McCallum needed a set to get a full read on her opponent. Jackie Nickel needed three games.The Glenwood Springs girls tennis teammates accounted for the Demons two wins in Thursdays showdown with visiting Aspen. Both were of the come-from-behind variety.At No. 1 singles, McCallum dropped her first set with Aspens Whitney Hubbell. Using her powerful serve and finding all corners of the court with her volleys, the junior fought back to win a tight second set, 6-4, forcing a third-set tiebreaker.McCallum rallied to take four of the tiebreakers final five points to escape triumphant.I kind of had to take the first set to find out what kind of player she was, said McCallum, sporting a black shirt that read MADD-DOG on the back. Im kind of a power hitter. I had to change my game to mold to hers.Nickel traversed a much easier path to victory at No. 3 singles. The Glenwood senior fell behind 3-0 to the Skiers Casey Altman before assuming control of the match. Nickel took six of the sets next seven games. She followed by winning the second set, 6-4.I just started having confidence in myself, Nickel said, explaining her turnaround. I dont know. I just started hitting the ball better, chasing my shots better.The rest of the Demons didnt fare as well.Aspens Grace Lodge scrapped out of a one-set hole to top Glenwoods Courtney Bender 1-6, 6-0, 10-6 at No. 2 singles, and the Skiers swept the doubles action to win 5-2.Scoring doubles wins for Aspen were Georgia Lipkin and Nelly Weiser at No. 1, Rio Crandall and Mimi Rogers at No. 2, Kayla Hansen and Hanah Fever at No. 3 and Sydney Mondry and Melissa Carr at No. 4.All told, four of the days seven matches went to third-set tiebreakers. Aspen coach Scott Dorais watched his Skiers win three of those nail-biters.The competition was great, he said. Thats what makes all the girls better players, learning how to play those third-set tiebreakers.Next on the schedule for Aspen is a Monday trip to Fruita Monument. Glenwood will visit Grand Junction on Saturday.
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