The tennis match in Hotchkiss wasn't what head Delta coach Christina Curtis had anticipated. The Lady Bulldogs found ways to offset Delta's efforts to record a 4-3 victory last Thursday.
Curtis has a senior-laden roster that has experience in the upper events. Delta won two of the singles matches and one doubles match in their loss to the Lady Bulldogs.
In one singles play, Alaisa Melgoza used her experience to ease past Hotchkiss' Christa Beirginer in two sets, 6-2 and 6-0.
At two singles, Hotchkiss' Kelsey Milner took advantage of Sabrina Archibeque's miscues to forge a 6-4, 7-6 win.
The three singles' match between Diana Ortega and Hotchkiss' Amber Rankin eventually went to Ortega by scores of 6-1 and 7-6.
Becca Korthuis and Mariah Martin gave the Lady Panthers their only doubles victory as they controlled Hotchkiss' Sidney Saurter and Leah Palecki with scores of 6-0 and 6-3 in one doubles play.
Hotchkiss began their run through doubles play in two doubles match play. Kristina Deloury and Meghan Wright blanked Barbara Gutierrez and Annaly Ruiz in their first set of two doubles play 6-0. The second set was a battle with the Lady Bulldogs winning by a margin of 7-6.
The three doubles team of Ciara Beegle and Jessi Violett made it two in a row in doubles action with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Delta's Elise Scates and Emily Kuta.
The final match of the day went to Hotchkiss' four doubles team of Sadie Smith and Faline Farmer. The Hotchkiss duo scored straight set wins of 6-4 and 6-3 over Carmen Fausto and Rachel Tallent.
For coach Curtis, the match was an eye-opener. "This ended up being much tougher that we had anticipated. Hotchkiss doubles' teams are a lot stronger than they have been in past years."
Even though the Lady Panthers have senior leadership, there is some areas where there isn't as much experience. "Our inexperience in the lower positions really showed. I am proud of my girls for their efforts though. This match showed me where we are still weak as a team and what we need to improve on."
Delta hosts Montrose at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, and the Lady Bulldogs are at Glenwood Springs on Saturday at 10 a.m. and play Aspen's Lady Skiers the same day at 2 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus