DHS tennis gets a taste of good competition

Durango loses to Steamboat Springs, then moves on to the Western Slope Open

The Durango High School boys tennis team got off to a rough start to a tough tennis weekend.

On Thursday, the Demons lost 5-2 to Steamboat Springs, netting one singles win and one doubles win. Ryder Searle got the lone singles victory when he beat Colin Green at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-1.

Aaron Cash lost to Gabri Erspaner 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles; Wesley Komick lost to Stefan Sortleinde 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.

The doubles teams struggled against the Sailors, too, waiting until the final match to pick up another W.

At No. 1 doubles, Dylan Blair and Patrick Neal lost to Corbin Diehl and Ben Wharton 6-4, 6-0. Blake McDaniel and Jalen Muller lost to Nick Mathews and Quinn Cain 6-1, 6-4 at 2 doubles, and Alec Ensign and Harrison Quick lost to Zach Dunklin and Joe Borgerding 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles.

Garrett Crowell and Boyd Matheson capped the day with a gut-check win, losing their first set 6-2 before coming back to win the second 6-4 and the tiebreak 11-9 at 3 doubles.

“I was very impressed with them. They hadn’t played on varisty this year ... and they did a great job under pressure. Everyone was watching them play, and they did a great job,” DHS first-year head coach Reagyn Germer said.

The Demons’ tennis action continued Friday with the first day of the Western Slope Open in Grand Junction, which featured 10-point pro sets after the opening match and temperatures in the low 90s.

“It was so freaking hot, and these guys did so good,” Germer said. “Playing four matches in heat like that has got to exhaust you emotionally and physically.”

At No. 1 singles: Searle lost to Denver East 6-0, 6-0; won 10-6 against Steamboat Springs; won against Grand Junction Central after his oppenent retired leading 9-1.

“The level of competition here is insane,” Germer said.

At No. 2 singles: Cash lost to Fairview 6-0, 6-0; lost to Greeley West 10-8; beat Montrose 10-5.

At No. 3 singles: Komick lost to Air Academy 6-0, 6-1; lost to Littleton 10-2; lost to Greeley West 10-2.

“He kept his head up and continued playing and didn’t have a bad attitude,” Germer said. “He’s a competetive guy; he’s an atheltic guy.”

At No. 1 doubles: Blair and Neal lost to Chatfield 7-5, 6-4; beat Grand Junction Central 10-6; lost to Aspen 10-2.

Their first match took nearly three hours, Germer said.

“They did a really good job competing against really good play. Chatfield ... they’re very competitive and good at the net,” she said.

At No. 2 doubles: McDaniel and Muller lost to Steamboat 6-4, 6-4; lost to Greeley West 10-8; beat Montrose 10-7.

At No. 3 doubles: Ensign and Harrison lost to Mountain Vista 6-0, 6-0; lost to Chatfield 10-0; beat Greeley West 10-5.

At No. 4 doubles: Crowell and Matheson lost to Littleton 6-0, 6-1; lost to Apsen 10-8; beat Dakota Ridge 10-0.

“I thought it was a good eye opener that the kids have to work hard during the season,” Germer said of the first day of the tournament, which will continue today.

“The good thing is it’s good practice. ... This kind of tournament is fantastic because you can see the level of competition.”