Vail Mountain takes charge in singles
EDWARDS – It was a full day on the courts for the Vail Mountain tennis team Saturday at the Homestead Court Club in Edwards.The Gore Rangers started the day losing a hard-fought match to Glenwood Springs, 4-3, then rebounded to sweep Cedaredge, 7-0.Stephanie Miletich cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Glenwood’s No. 1 singles player, Teka Israel, to get things rolling for the Gore Rangers against the Demons.”She won her match pretty convincingly,” said Vail Mountain coach Hillary McSpadden.Miletich beat Cedaredge’s Kelsey Anderson by the same score.
Lara Green, who took a brief sojourn from singles to play doubles in Tuesday’s match against Roaring Fork, was back in the No. 2 singles spot. Green took down Glenwood’s Roni St. Pierre, 6-4, 6-2, then wasted little time beating Cedaredge’s Liz Puls, 6-0, 6-2.”She’s kind of been a transition player and has been able to fill in for doubles,” McSpadden said.Freshman Sarah Logan dropped her first match to Caitlyn Fowler, 7-6, 6-0, but didn’t surrender a game in her match against Cedaredge’s Clairen Peterson.”She has a lot of potential to move up the ladder,” McSpadden said.
Super setsEllie Rubenstein, who returned from a back injury, and partner Suzette Irons battled Glenwood’s No. 1 doubles pair of Lisa Saathoff and Kari Nesbit for almost three hours.After the Demons’ pair took the first set, 7-6, Rubenstein and Irons rebounded to take the second, 6-4. But the Gore Rangers fell in the final set, 6-4, and the Demons won the team match.”They had a tough match that could have gone either way,” McSpadden said.In their afternoon match, Rubenstein and Irons spent considerably less time on the court, surrendering only one game to Jen Rowland and Alena Pinel of Cedaredge.
The No. 2 doubles pair of Kendall Gotthelf and Sophie Sunderland lost a tight match to Glenwood’s Tamara Flannery and Stacey Miller, 6-4, 6-2.Gotthelf was at the other end of a tight match when she paired up with Molly Anderson to win, 6-3, 6-4, over Cedaredge’s No. 2 doubles pair, Michelle Young and Tami Chavez.Eilidth Dorgan and Anderson won the only doubles match against Glenwood, dropping Megan McGarock and Taylor Smith, 6-2, 6-2.Dorgan and Sunderland beat Cedaredge’s Erin Kunkel and Bethany Prosser, 6-0, 6-2.At the No. 4 doubles, Claire Sunderland and Jenna VanDeventer lost, 6-4, 6-4, to Glenwood, then came back to win against Cedaredge, 5-7, 6-4, 10-6.
Thursday and Friday the Gore Rangers will be competing at regionals.”Our match with Glenwood was very tight, which is good going into regionals because we may see them there,” McSpadden said.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or email@example.com.Vail, Colorado