Unlike their bus, the Durango High School boys tennis team kept cranking Saturday against Montrose.
The team pulled out a tight 4-3 win over the Indians before celebrating with a bus breakdown just outside of Silverton.
“It was exciting – lots of good playing,” said assistant coach Karen Wilson, who coached the Demons on opening weekend while new head coach Reagyn Germer was absent because of a previous personal commitment.
Ryder Searle beat Phurba Sherpa 6-0, 6-0 in the top singles match.
“It didn’t look like it would be 6-0, 6-0. It looked like it was going to be a close one, but Ryder is just really strong,” Wilson said from the side of the highway.
Aaron Cash lost 6-3, 6-4 to Chancy Dunn at No. 2 singles, and Wesley Komick beat Josh Robinson 7-5, 6-4 at the No. 3 slot.
“And that was a really long and good match,” Wilson said.
In doubles action:
No. 1s Alec Ensign and Drew Downs lost in three sets – a 7-6 loss, a 7-6 win and a 10-5 loss – to David Thorpe and Jared Warren.
No. 2s Blake McDaniel and Jalen Muller won 6-0, 6-3 over Clayton Buetler and Michael Coyne.
No. 3s Chris Walton and Patrick Neal lost in three – a 6-4 win and 6-4, 10-4 losses.
No. 4s Harrison Quick and Tim Martin won 6-3, 7-5.
“It was nice,” Wilson said. “It was good playing. Everyone had fun. It was a good day.”
Even with a broken bus.
Aspen 6, Durango 1
Durango’s season-opening dual Friday afternoon was the kind where the action didn’t exactly reflect the result.
“It went well,” Wilson said of the Demons’ 6-1 loss to Aspen in Grand Junction. “But the scores don’t reflect that. The matches were really good, and everyone had fun.”
At No. 1 singles, Searle won 6-0, 6-0 over Gordon Carr in the Demons’ lone victory.
“He had like a flawless game,” said Wilson.
At No. 2 singles, Cash lost to Kaylen Gabow 6-4, 6-2 in what Wilson said was the most exciting play of the dual.
“That was a really good match; that was the longest match of the day,” she said. “That was just all around a really good match to watch.”
To wrap up the singles, Komick lost to Brad Broeking 6-0, 6-0.
Teaming up at No. 1 doubles, Ensign and Downs fell to Henry Godfrey and Dylan Behr 6-2, 6-0, while McDaniel and Jalen Muller lost to Ricky Tscheppat and Devin Cardmone 6-1, 6-1.
Walton and Neal lost to Victor Robinson and Brandt Goodman 6-2, 6-4 at 3s, and Quick and Martin wrapped it up with a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Alex Regan and Michael Monday at 4s.
Wilson said the doubles teams had to adjust to changing partners after a midweek shakeup leading up to the Demons’ season-opening duals.