The 4A Region 8 tennis tournament opens today at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction. The Hotchkiss girls wrapped up regulation play this week with losses to Aspen and Montrose.
"We actually fared pretty well," said head coach Brian Benson of the team's 4-3 loss to Aspen.
The Bulldogs lost at 1 and 2 singles, and 1 and 2 doubles. At 3 singles, Mandi Chermak picked up a 7-5, 6-1 win, and at 3 doubles, Carli Gallegos and Shelby Rogers defeated their Aspen rivals, 6-1, 6-1.
Brandi Goddard and Morgan Dodier played "very well," said Benson, picking up a 6-3, 6-0 win at 4 doubles.
"We do have to temper our success due to the fact that Aspen just lost five of its varsity players," said Benson.
On April 24, Hotchkiss picked up a win at 2 doubles in its 6-1 loss at Montrose. "We lost all the singles, competed well in the first set at 1 doubles, and lost a lopsided 4 doubles," said Benson. Gallegos and Rogers played to a 4-6, 4-6 loss, despite Rogers' game being hampered by illness. Had Rogers been feeling well, that one would likely have gone to Hotchkiss, said Benson.
Their sole win came at 2 doubles, with Tijay Lehman and Bree Vernon outlasting Montrose, 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 10-6.
Hotchkiss hosted the DCI junior varsity tournament on April 26 at Delta. Montrose picked up the team win with 55 points, followed by Cedaredge (38 points), Hotchkiss (31), and Delta (20). There were two singles divisions and two doubles divisions, said Benson. "Montrose captured the 1 singles and 1 doubles divisions, Cedaredge won the 2 singles, and we won the 2 doubles with Makalah Henderson and Jasmine Beardslee," said Benson.
Due to scheduling difficulties, the Bulldogs were unable to make up for missed matches against Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork, which were snowed out on April 20.
Seeding and pairing for today's opening matches was completed Tuesday night and was unavailable at press time. Region 8 matches opened this morning at 9 a.m.blog comments powered by Disqus