DHS tennis ‘coming into place’

Just like their racket strings, the Durango High School boys tennis doubles teams are starting to mesh.

Day 2 of the Pueblo South Invitational on Saturday left the Demons with a similarly mixed bag of results as Day 1, but DHS head tennis coach Reagyn Germer said her doubles teams in particular are starting to find their rhythm.

“Things are coming into place that we’ve been working on in practice,” she said.

The No. 1 team of Dylan Blair and Patrick Neal lost 6-4, 6-1 to Lewis-Palmer, then lost 6-4, 6-2 to Greeley Central.

The No. 2s, Alec Ensign and Chris Walton, lost 6-4, 6-1 to Greeley Central, then lost 6-4, 7-5 to Lewis Palmer.

“They went out and fought and were good sportsmen,” Germer said. “And even the matchups that they didn’t win, they didn’t give up.”

No. 3 doubles Garrett Crowell and Drew Downs lost 6-2, 6-1 to Cheyenne Mountain, then won their second match 6-3, 6-1 over Pueblo South.

But the No. 4 team of Harrison Quick and Amon Ledger was the standout Saturday, beating both of their opponents: first Pueblo West 6-1, 6-7, 6-2, then Pueblo South 6-1, 6-3.

“The guys are starting to play a lot better,” Germer said.

The singles, too, she said, even if Saturday’s results didn’t always show it.

No. 1 Ryder Searle beat Cherry Creek 6-0, 6-4, then lost 7-5, 6-1 to Pueblo South.

No. 2 Aaron Cash lost both of his matches: Lewis-Palmer 6-0, 6-1, then Pueblo West 6-3, 6-0.

And Wesley Komick fared similarly at No. 3, losing to Greeley Central 6-0, 6-0 and to Pueblo South 6-3, 6-1.

“I was just really proud of the team overall for not giving up before they got out there,” Germer said.

“It was a competitive tournament, and I think the guys did overall a good job of competing.”

DHS will host Montezuma-Cortez at 4 p.m. Tuesday at its home courts.