VMS tennis competes at Western Slope Tournament
GRAND JUNCTION – The Vail Mountain tennis team may not be peaking just yet, but that’s fine with coach Rob Honzo.At the Western Slope Tournament Friday, the Gore Rangers picked up some more experience and got a good idea as to what work they still need.”It shows us where we are at right now,” Honzo said. “We are still learning.”The Gore Rangers had mixed success against a competitive field.”Most of the teams here are state-level teams that we can compete against,” Honzo said. “Right now, it’s just a matter of more time on the courts.”There was no shortage of playing time for Vail Mountain, as most players had either two or three matches.At No. 1 singles, Stephanie Miletich won her first match 6-2, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals, but fell, 6-1, 6-1.In her back-draw match, Miletich lost, 8-0 (Back-draw matches are pro sets that go to eight).”She was capable of beating both girls, but she made a few more mistakes,” Honzo said.Lara Green dropped her first match, 6-0, 6-2, then lost a close match in the back-draw, 8-6.Freshman Sarah Logan lost her first match, 6-0, 6-0, and came up short in her back-draw match, 8-6.”She had a bit of nerves in her first match and was still taking things in,” Honzo said. “She was moving much better in her second match – that’s her strong point.”Tough drawsEllie Rubenstein and Suzette Irons faced tough Denver East opponents in the No. 1 doubles, and lost, 6-1, 6-2.”We were giving them free points by making errors,” Honzo said.The pair rebounded to win, 8-2 in the back-draw.”They are still playing around with their positioning, trying to see what works,” Honzo said.At the No. 3 doubles, Molly Anderson and Ily Dorgan lost, 6-2, 6-2, then came away with a 9-7 win. In their final match of the day, the pair won, 8-2.”As the day went on, they were able to move better and better,” Honzo said.Adi Slifer and Lauren Biegler lost, 6-2, 6-2, then fell 8-6.Today, the Gore Rangers will be back on the court, and Honzo hopes they’ll make their opponents work a bit harder.”We need to get the ball in play and make them work for points,” Honzo said. “We can’t be giving them free points.”Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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