Demons trade the bus for a fountain

DHS tennis happy to break play at home and share court’s amenities

There are good reasons to have a couple of tennis meets on your home courts, and then there’s THE reason to have a couple of tennis meets on your home courts:

“It has a pretty good water fountain, too,” Wesley Komick said.

But aside from a superb hydration station, Komick and his fellow Durango High School boys tennis players have plenty of reasons to look forward to their first two home matches of the season this weekend – against Grand Junction at 4 p.m. today and Grand Junction Central at 10 a.m. Saturday.

After spending the first half of the season on long bus rides all over Colorado, senior Aaron Cash, who plays in the No. 2 singles spot, said it’ll be nice to walk out of class and onto the court.

“On the bus ride, I get all cramped up,” Cash said.

Plus, there’s just something about the Demons’ own surface.

“It’s different playing on different courts,” Cash said.

The balls bounce a little differently off the Durango surface than they do elsewhere.

“It’s like you know these courts,” he said.

Komick couldn’t quite nail it down, either.

“I just like them better. I don’t know what it is,” said Komick, son of Dianne and Kirk Komick.

The players finally will know the people watching from the bleachers and through the chainlink fences, too.

First-year head coach Reagyn Germer said she’s excited to give the parents a chance to see their kids play. And with parents, grandparents and friends on hand, Komick and Cash both said they want to step up their game.

“I think I’ll probably play better at home matches because my family’s there,” said Komick, who played at No. 4 doubles last year before switching to No. 3 singles this year.

With just a few matches left before the regional meet that will determine who qualifies for the state tournament, Germer said both today and Saturday will provide good competition for her young squad, which has faced a steep learning curve so far this year.

“I think they’re putting in a lot of effort,” Komick said of his teammates, who lost two seniors from last year’s team to graduation.

Germer said she wants to see all of her players continue to improve on their game and “go out there and do their best and not give up.”

For Cash, doing his best will mean nailing down a few technical aspects of his play.

“I just want to hit good shots and be consistent,” said Cash, son of Ed and Suzanne Cash.

Komick crystallized his goals even further: “Win,” he said.