After 20 days without a competitive match, the Durango High School girls tennis team could’ve been forgiven for being a bit rusty in Friday’s matchup with regional foe Montrose.
The Demons, however, didn’t need the forgiveness – there was no rust.
DHS beat the Indians 7-0 on Friday, winning every match in straight sets, and the Demons finally were able to run out the lineup they’ll use at regionals next weekend after varied players missed different events for a multitude of reasons.
“Finally with the lineup we were supposed to have all year and never did. ... This is what we’ve got; this is what we’ll enter next weekend for regionals, and it was great to see them get the job done in the first dual we had everybody back,” DHS head coach Dave Weisfeldt said.
Eva-Lou Edwards continued her mastery of the region at No. 1 singles, topping MHS’s Courney Chism 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Ellen Southworth made quick work of Sarah Gladding 6-1, 6-3, while Erin Neale finally figured out Alyssa Arellano at No. 3, winning 6-4, 6-1.
“It made us nervous seeing the big break between (the) Delta (Invitational) all the way down to this weekend, but who knows? Sometimes rest and recharge works wonders,” Weisfeldt said.
At No. 1 doubles, the Durango duo of Sierra Lillard and Gina Gates rolled Erica Decker and Colleen Edwards 6-1, 6-2. Jamie Wanzek and Claire Ochsner had to rally from a 4-5 hole in the first set to beat Angelica Navarez and Katherine Brown 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2 doubles.
“They were down 4-5 and were able to rattle off three in a row to take it 7-5, then they just rolled in the second set once they had it figured out,” Weisfeldt said.
Kit Hackett and Stephanie Bowles topped Amy Gellach and Katie McClendon 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 doubles, while Durango’s Anna Wright and Emma Hagen outlasted Sidney Taylor and Kelin Alexander 7-6 (5), 6-1 at No. 4 doubles.
DHS finishes its regular season with a dual at Fruita Monument today.