Vail Mountain School tennis in the swing of things |

Vail Mountain School tennis in the swing of things

Special to the Daily/Mark Fox Vail Mountain's Stephanie Miletich earned a win in No. 1 singles Saturday in the Gore Rangers' 4-3 win against Hochkiss.

As the Vail Mountain School tennis team knows, it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing.The Gore Rangers, guided by Rob Honzo and assistant Amy McFadden, are in the swing of things after a 4-3 victory Saturday against Paonia, their first of the season.”The team is really coming together well,” Honzo said. “We’ve had a good start. We have some small things to work through right now, but we’re playing strongly.”Against the Eagles, Stephanie Miletich and Lara Green picked up wins in the top-two singles’ spots. The doubles teams of Suzette Irons and Molly Anderson and Aubrie Apple and Adi Slifer also earned wins in the decision.

Earlier in the day, VMS fell to Hotchkiss, 5-2. With seven matches high school tennis – three in singles, four in doubles – each win counts for a point in the team score. The Gore Rangers got victories from Miletich and Green. DepthVMS, 1-2 overall with an opening 5-2 loss at Aspen earlier this month, is still in the process of refining its game. The team has potent doubles’ teams of Ily Dorgan and Ellie Rubenstein and Sophie Sunderland and Kendalll Gotthelf. Sarah Logan will contribute in singles.

Honzo can also call on Meghan O’Rourke, Jenna Vandenter, Claire Sunderland Lauren Biegler, Marcie Cervantes and Meggie Tuthill.In the meantime, the key is working on the little things.”Some of the little things are winning the crucial point,” Honzo said. “In a lot of the matches, we’re really close in terms of winning key games. It’s 30-40 or deuce. It’s a matter of winning those big points or tiebreakers.”VMS is at Colorado Academy today, followed by the Western Slope Tournament Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction.

“From what I’ve heard, Colorado Academy has a good team,” Honzo said. “They have some girls who went to the state tournament last year. Most of the Denver teams are good. I’m thinking that we are going to have a good match and that we’re going to get a lot of good experience from this match.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or, Colorado

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