Aspen tennis ‘whizzing through’ at 5-0 in league
With five victories and zero losses in league play to date, the Aspen High girls tennis team is, as longtime coach Sherril Kerr put it, “just whizzing through.”
On Saturday the AHS girls beat Hotchkiss then Paonia, 6-1 and 7-0 respectively, based on the seven positions, at the Maroon Creek Club. And this afternoon at the MCC, the Skier girls host Roaring Fork.
As far as Kerr is concerned, the two-time defending Class 4A Western Slope Regional champs are looking to collect a third.
“I’m saying that’s the goal,” said Kerr, “and that would be a coup if we could do that. But I’ve got a real cohesive group of young ladies, they work really hard and the more I ask the more they give. I’m very pleased with their effort.
“I was expecting it to be much closer than it was with Hotchkiss,” Kerr continued. “And the Hotchkiss coach remarked how patient our girls were, just waiting for the right shot here and there. So all the things we’ve been working on are coming together.”
The sister duo of senior Alex Leddy and junior Jen are holding down the No. 1 and 2 singles positions, respectively, with Teige Muhlfield at No. 3. “Teige and Jen just had a battle in the early season. In fact, there were a lot of battles; it’s been tough to determine final placement, but I think we’re there.”
Caitlin Dunn and Reilly Gallagher are slotted at No. 1 doubles, with Baylee Zwart and Robin Landis at No. 2. Maggie Hoffman and Teagan Walter are playing No. 3 pairs, and Katie Knowlton and Caitlin Carlson are at No. 4.
“We’ve got a lot of new faces, and it’s been sweet to see these players emerge from Christmas to March,” said Kerr.
Today’s match against Roaring Fork will again see the Skiers in the Maroon Creek Club bubble. Scott Dorais, a teaching pro at the club, is now the assistant coach of the AHS girls, as well as emmissary to the club.
“It’s ridiculous to call him an assistant, but that’s what he is,” said Kerr. “The girls are very, very lucky. On Saturday, we took up almost the entire day of court space; they’re unbelievably generous with us. Without them, we wouldn’t have a program. We’d be in a gym somewhere.”
Skiers players were told that Aspen High School hockey isn’t playing varsity for the 2022-23 season. Reasons included a lack of seniors and consternation over experience.