Azure Eller entered the Delta Invitational with a 6-1 record at No. 3 singles and a bad cold. But that didn't seem to bother the sophomore first-year player, who posted an opening-round, 6-4, 6-4 win over Fruita Monument JV, then caught a second wind, posting a 6-2, 6-0 win in the semifinals over Montrose.
In a crowd-pleasing three-game match, the Lady Bulldogs upset the visiting Lady Bears of Rifle last Friday night (25-27, 22-25, 19-25).
After exchanging leads several times in the opening game, the teams were tied at 24 all.
The Bulldogs played what head coach Zac Lemon described as "... our best game by far," defeating Monte Vista Friday, 48-20, at Monte Vista.
It was the first loss of the season for the Pirates (3-1), who are two-time defending Southern Peaks League champions and are currently in a three-way tie for first place heading into league play.
With wins at No. 2 and 3 singles and 3 and 4 doubles, the Hotchkiss tennis team posted a 4-3 win last Wednesday over Fruita Monument High School's junior varsity squad. The Bulldogs lost 4-3 against the 5A school on Aug. 23.