Gore Rangers take down Roaring Fork
EDWARDS – Nobody can accuse Vail Mountain’s Stephanie Miletich of not hitting the ball hard. In the Gore Ranger’s match against Roaring Fork Thursday, Miletich slammed a backhand that broke the strings on her opponent Sarah Armstrong’s racket.”She said she couldn’t handle it,” Miletich said. “It was nice to hear.”Trailing 5-4 in the first set, Miletich used the momentum from her overpowering shot to rally and win the match, 7-5, 6-1.”After that I started to feel really good. I like matches when you feel like you played a good player and you played your best and deserved to win,” Miletich said.The Gore Rangers won three of four doubles matches and two of three singles matches to take down the Rams.In No. 1 doubles, Lara Green and Suzette Irons overcame a slow first set to defeat Ashley Jammaron and Isabella Volgger, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
“Lara and I have never played together except for once four years ago,” Irons said. Ellie Rubenstein, who is out with a back injury, usually plays with Irons.In the second and third sets, the Vail Mountain pair broke the Roaring Fork pair to take early leads.”When we were returning, I wanted to be back (at the baseline) with Lara,” Irons said. “But when we could, we tried to get up to the net and dominate.””They kind of lost their momentum and the other team played a little better and a little more consistent. Errors cut into Bella’s and Ashley’s game,” said Roaring Fork coach Doug Ellis.Irons and Green took a 5-0 lead in the final set, but Volgger and Jammaron won two games before losing the match.”They clawed their way back at the end,” Ellis said.
Green and Jammaron battled out several close net points, but Green and Irons tried to keep the ball away from Jammaron when they could.”She does really well at the net, and we were doing our best to keep it away from her with cross-court shots and lobs over her head if we had to,” Irons said.Good chemistryRoaring Fork’s No. 2 doubles pair of Stacia Comings and Tasha Koziel beat Sophie Sunderland and Kendall Gothelf, 6-4, 6-3.”They’ve played together for three years, so they know each other’s game well,” Ellis said.
In No. 2 singles, Vail Mountain’s Sarah Logan edged out Erica Pelland in a tight match, 5-7, 6-1, 6-5 (10-8).And in the other singles match, the Rams’ Kali Chestnut beat Vail Mountain’s Jenna Vandeventer, 6-1, 6-0.Eilidth Dorgan and Molly Anderson beat the Rams’ No. 3 doubles Celeste Comings and Estefania Moron, 6-3, 6-4.”It was a tight match,” Ellis said. “It was a little disappointing we didn’t win.”In only their second match together, Adi Slifer and Clare Sunderland dismissed Roaring Fork’s No. 4 pair of Maria Flores and Riana Rolyson, 6-4, 6-4.”We played hard today,” Slifer said. “It was 4-to-4 in the first set, and then we won two more games. In the second (set), we broke them early on.”
Slifer and Sunderland used some big ground strokes from the baseline to work their opponents.”One of the girls had a weaker backhand, but we tried to play our strengths,” Slifer said.The Gore Rangers host Glenwood and Cedaredge Saturday in Edwards starting at noon.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado