VMS bounces Aspen
EDWARDS – The Vail Mountain School girls’ tennis team punctuated the regular season with a 4-2 win against Aspen Friday at the Homestead Court Club.
VMS finished the season with a 5-2 mark in the 4A Slope.”It was a good end-of-the-season match because we’re going into regionals next week,” VMS coach Hillary McSpadden said. “Because we had a couple of tight ones, it just got them better prepared both mentally and physically to feel confident going forward.”
Against the Skiers, Stephanie Miletich breezed to a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles. In No. 1 doubles, Callie Tappe and Beri Dwyer picked up and easy 6-0, 6-0 victory. VMS picked up key match points in long battles in the other two doubles’ contests. Kendal Gotthelf and Hanna Ellison went the distance in a 7-5, 2-6, 11-9 triumph. Sophie and Claire Sunderland outlasted their competition for a gratifying 6-1, 2-6, 10-6 win. “I’m really proud of the doubles teams because we’ve been working really hard on point play and strategy,” McSpadden said. “Doubles is where we win our matches. They’ve really shown they’ve stepped up the plate.”
No. 4 doubles were not contested Friday.VMS heads to the regional tournament next weekend in Grand Junction. The top-two finishers in each singles or doubles division advance to the state tournament. With that in mind, McSpadden said that Shannen McNamara and Miletich as well as Sunderland sisters and Adi Slifer and Jenna VanDeventer stand a good chance of receiving high seeds for the draw.
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