The Hotchkiss 2 doubles team of Bree Vernon and Tijay Lehman were the top finishers for Hotchkiss at the 2013 Delta County Invitational tennis tournament. Vernon and Lehman opened with a win over Cortez, then lost 8-3 in semifinals to Fruita Monument's junior varsity team.
They lost in a close battle to Ivy Wright and Morley Perrin of Glenwood Springs, 6-3, 6-4, to place fourth.
Glenwood Springs claimed the team title with 58 points; Hotchkiss placed ninth in the 13-team tournament with 20 points. Hotchkiss won 12 of 24 matches. "We felt pretty good about our efforts," said head coach Brian Benson.
The 1 doubles team of Lexey Padilla and Jessie Violett were 4-1 to place fifth. Benson said they opened with an 8-3 win over Cedaredge, then lost, 8-1, to "an outstanding Cortez team." They topped Durango and Grand Junction junior varsity to advance to the consolation finals, where they "played their best tennis of the season, simply dominating Vail, 6-3, 6-3."
At 3 doubles, in the absence of partner Carli Gallegos, Rogers teamed with 4 doubles player Brandi Goddard. They opened with an 8-0 win over Durango, then lost to Cedaredge. In consolation they defeated Grand Junction JV, 8-1, then Cortez 8-7 (7-5) to advance to finals. They defeated Grand Junction Central, 6-3, 6-3, to place fifth.
At 1 singles, Ciara Beegle was 2-2, opening with a win over Cedaredge, then lost to Grand Junction Central. She defeated Cortez in consolation, then fell short of consolation finals after a loss to Annavah Kropp of Paonia. Mandi Chermak lost at 3 singles in her opening round, then defeated Montrose in consolation before falling to Madison Farmer of Delta.
The Lady Bulldogs lost a tight match to Vail Mountain on April 6 at Delta. Vail Mountain swept the singles matches. At 3 singles, Mandi Chermak lost a tough three-setter, 3-6, 6-2, 7-10, "in what turned out to be a swing match for the team score," said Benson.
Hotchkiss went 3-1 in doubles, with 1 doubles team Padilla and Violett claiming a three-set, 6-4, 5-7, 10-4 tiebreaker win. In what Benson described as "the most dominating performance of the day," Vernon and Lehman won, 6-3, 6-0, at 2 doubles.
At 3 doubles, Gallegos and Rogers lost the first set, 4-6, then regrouped to win the second set, 6-3. They wrapped up the match with a 10-5 tiebreaker win.
Morgan Dodier and Goddard warmed up with a first-set 1-6 loss, then played a much stronger second set, eventually falling to Vail Mountain, 5-7.
Hotchkiss claimed a 6-1 team victory over Delta on April 2. Beegle claimed a 6-0, 6-2 win at 1 singles over Emily Kuta, and Mariah Adams "earned a well-deserved victory over Isabel Portillo," 6-3, 7-5, Benson reported.
At 3 singles, Chermak defeated Madison Farmer in a "barnburner," winning 6-1, 4-6, 10-6.
In doubles action, Padilla and Violett posted a convincing 6-0, 7-5 win over Sage Noel and Alex Rascon at 1 doubles. Lehman and Vernon lost a "heartbreaking three-setter to Hattie Bohling and Rosa Gomez at 2 doubles. Rogers and Gallegos dominated Cedar Wells and Linh Nguyen at 3 doubles with a 6-2, 6-2 win. Dodier and Goddard finished the day with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Oyen Nguyen and Tylor Redden.
Some of their toughest matches still remain. Hotchkiss will play at Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork (Carbondale) this Saturday, then wrap up regular-season play against Aspen and Montrose on April 27, at Delta. Benson said their improvement from the start of the season was apparent at the Delta tournament. "No matter what we do the rest of the way, I feel it has been a successful season."blog comments powered by Disqus