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Tennis: Aspen’s doubles teams shine in win over Durango

Michael Appelgate
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN – After dispatching a lackluster Vail Mountain School squad on Thursday, Aspen faced an early-season test against Durango on Friday.

Eva-Lou Edwards, a state quarterfinalist in 2011, dominated at No. 1 singles for the Demons, but Aspen showed its strength in doubles.

The Skiers (2-0) won all four doubles matches to pull out a 4-3 victory, improving to 2-0.

Senior Kayla Hansen and freshman Caroline Godfrey combined for a 6-4, 6-1 win in No. 1 doubles. The No. 2 doubles duo of Sadie Alpen and Jacqueline Jones won, 6-1, 6-1.

“The No. 1 and No. 2 doubles played great,” head coach Scott Dorais said. “They played aggressive, but they weren’t out of control. They had a purpose. … They both did a great job with being aggressive and winning points.”

Hansen and Godfrey’s opening set was hotly contested; both teams broke the other’s serve in the first five games. The Skiers were spurred on by Dorais’ advice to identify lobs early and stay aggressive on volleys.

“We just had to keep coming in to hit aggressive shots,” Hansen said. “I think we did pretty well. It was little hard noticing the lobs.”

Besides Hansen and Godfrey, the other three doubles teams featured different combinations Friday than they did Thursday.

“It’s so hard to find the right combinations, but I think those two (Hansen and Godfrey) really complement each other,” Dorais said. “I’m not sure if we’re going to keep the teams the same because we have a few more girls to look at, but so far, that

No. 1 team has been our strongest combination.”

On the singles side, Edwards overpowered fellow sophomore Haley Hopkinson, 6-0, 6-0. Hopkinson now is 1-1 after winning easily Thursday.

“Haley didn’t play that much differently on Thursday than today,” Dorais said. “She played against a state-ranked player and a year-round player. I was proud of Haley today. She stuck to her game plan and worked hard. Matches like that will only make her better.”

In the No. 2 singles match, Hannah Feuer won the first set, 6-2, dropped the second, 6-4, and lost, 10-7, in a tiebreaker.

Emma Kaplan, filling in for injured Sydney Wells at No. 3 singles, lost 12 consecutive games.

“Durango is one of the stronger teams in the region, and they’re missing a couple of singles players,” Dorais said. “I’m really pleased with everything so far, and we will continue to get better.”

Aspen hosts Glenwood Springs at 4 p.m. Thursday in what Dorais expects will be another competitive match.

“I’d be a proud coach even if we didn’t win this match tonight,” Dorais said. “The attitude has been good and so has the effort. Glenwood should be a pretty decent matchup as well.”

mappelgate@aspentimes.com


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