Doubles teams help Central beat GJ for first time in a long time
It’s been a long time since Central High School beat Grand Junction in girls tennis.
The Warriors may never have beaten Grand Junction and Fruita Monument in the same week.
But that’s what happened this week after Central’s 5-2 win over Grand Junction on Thursday and a 4-3 win over the Wildcats on Tuesday.
The Warriors’ ability to bounce back in the four doubles matches led to their victory over Grand Junction.
After Central’s Ellie Driscoll and Leandra Medrano beat Jordin Early and McKenna Brooks at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-3, all three of the other matches went to a third-set tiebreaker.
Charris Nordstrom and Jade Poepple battled past Mariah Prinster and Jessi Smith at No. 2 doubles in an extremely tight match. After losing 6-2 in the first set, the Grand Junction pair won the second set in a tiebreaker 7-6 (7-4) to force the third set. Nordstrom and Poepple took the tiebreaker set 10-7 to win the match.
After losing the first set 6-1, Amber Jack and Kalene Borrego made a spirited comeback at No. 3 doubles for the Warriors. The pair rallied for a 6-4 win in the second set and took the third-set tiebreaker 10-7.
No. 4 doubles was even closer with Central’s Andrea Chomorro, a freshman, and senior Curry Ventling beating Joslin Berg and Sara Perez 4-6, 6-4 and 12-10 in the third-set tiebreaker.
Central head coach Kathy Elliott said the doubles teams played great, but she also singled out Keira Trujillo at No. 1 singles. Trujillo lost to Carolena Campos, 6-2, 6-3, but Elliott said it was a “great singles match.”
Grand Junction’s Morgen Mantlo beat Abby Bridgett at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0.
Central’s Hannah Keeling was a 6-4, 6-1 winner over Sarah Megan Erb at No. 3 singles.
Nicole Harkreader scored three goals and had two assists as Palisade beat Rifle 9-0 in a 4A Western Slope League game.
The Bulldogs (6-0, 6-0 WSL) got single goals from Katy Mueller, Brier Youngfleish, India Hilty, Maya Hilty, Audrey Rose Kachin and Madison Caster. Goalie Katie Dunn did not have to make save as Palisade outshot the Bears 14-0.
Grand Valley 6, Roaring Fork 0: Ashlynn Speakman scored three goals and Randi Sheridan scored twice as Grand Valley won the 3A WSL contest. Kyra Chenoweth scored the other goal for the Cardinals (2-2, 1-1 WSL), and Hanna Cornelius led Grand Valley with two assists.
Cardinals goalie Erin Schuckers made four saves for the shutout.
Rifle rallied from an 8-0 deficit after two innings to defeat Coal Ridge 18-8 in a nonleague game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.
Sophomore Morgan Robinson pitched at the varsity level for the first time and threw 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. He struck out the side in the top of the third inning, leading Bears coach Troy Phillips to say, “That gave us some momentum.”
Rifle (5-3) scored eight runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game, and Robinson provided the big hit in that frame, a two-run double.
Rifle put the game away with five runs in the bottom of the fifth, keyed by a Jeremiah Aragon’s run-scoring triple and Alex Gould’s two-run single.
Jayden Lafferty had three goals and two assists to lead Grand Junction to a 10-3 win over Glenwood Springs in a Colorado Mountain League game.
Marques Combs added two goals and Stephen Foster had three assists for the Tigers (2-2, 2-1 CML). Grand Junction led 6-0 at halftime and outshot the Demons 52-8 for the game.
“We dominated on the offensive side,” Tigers coach James States said. “The concern is we had the looks and the shots, they just weren’t going in. ... We need to work on shooting a little bit.”
Fruita Monument’s nonleague girls lacrosse game at Liberty was postponed because of snow. Wildcats coach Mark Twardowski said his team is trying to reschedule the game to Saturday.