Paonia could only find two wins in their matches against neighborhood rival Hotchkiss.
The two teams met on March 27 at Hotchkiss.
Paonia 1 singles Annavah Kropp pulled out a 6-7, 2-6 win over Christa Beiriger and 3 singles Kayla Wilczek also won for Paonia, defeating Amber Rankin, 6-0, 4-7, 6-10.
Hotchkiss 2 singles Kelsey Milner defeated Lexi Johnson, 7-5, 6-2. It was the first singles match for Johnson, who was on her second year at one doubles with Rosa Medina. But with 2 singles Tyler Rapke out for the season with an injury, Johnson became a singles player. She challenged Wilczek at 2 singles and won.
At 1D, Sidney Sauter and Leah Palecki defeated Medina and Laura Lund, 6-4, 6-3. Kristina Deloury and Meaghan Wright defeated Nichelle Feryantz and Heather Wilczek, 6-2, 6-1. Ciara Beegle and Violett defeated Mary Moll and Kaity Johnson, 6-3, 6-0 at 3 doubles. And Sadie Smith and Faline Farmer won, 6-1, 6-0, at 4D.
Hotchkiss has a good core of returning players, said head coach Lela Sturchio. All three singles players and both 1 doubles players are returning seniors. With the exception of sophomore Jessie Violett at 2D and freshman Amber Rankin, who plays on junior varsity but can fill in for any of the doubles players, all of the remaining 25 players out this year are juniors.
Ginnie Farnsworth signed on for the season as assistant coach for Sturchio, who became a new mom at the start of the season. Farnsworth was head coach for the girls basketball team from 2003-2005, but has no prior tennis experience.
"It has truly been a learning experience," said Farnsworth, who works primarily with the JV squad.
Both teams will compete this Friday and Saturday at the Delta County Tournament.