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Paonia fights hard in tennis loss to Demons

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Photo by Tamie Meck Paonia one doubles player Ashley Zimmer backs up teammate Cambry Hall as she returns the ball against Glenwood Springs. The Paonia tennis team is made of players from Hotchkiss and Paonia High Schools. Both are juniors and third year p

Against Glenwood Springs on April 1, senior two singles player Kelsey Stroud posted the sole win for the Paonia tennis team, handily defeating Savanah Kelley, 1-6, 0-6.

The team had some long and hard-fought games against Glenwood Springs, said head coach Dee Holt, with four of the seven matches determined by 10-point tiebreakers. The one doubles team of Kambry Hall and Ashley Zimmer, two juniors from Hotchkiss, won the first set, 6-4. Glenwood battled back to win the second set, 6-4, and win the match with a 12-10 tiebreaker.

At three singles, Emily Wilczek was tied, 0-6, 6-3, before a 10-4 tiebreaker loss against Glenwood's Avery Nieslanik. At two doubles, Haley Park and Macy O'Rourke lost their match in a 12-10 tiebreaker, and the three doubles team of Jackie Mora and Jay Phillips ended in a 10-7 tiebreaker loss.

At one singles, Paonia's McKenna Erickson fell to senior Sophia Nelson, 6-0, 6-1, and the four doubles team of Ikechi Elunda and Kaylee Carpenter lost, 6-1, 6-2.

Paonia will host Delta at 4 p.m. Thursday, at Apple Valley Park. On April 18 it plays Cedaredge at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta.

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