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Warriors' Basinski, Trujillo team up for doubles competition at Taco Bell

Carolena Campos returns a shot Tuesday during her 6-2, 6-1 victory over Morgen Mantlo in the girls 18 division at the Taco Bell Western Slope Open.

Central High School tennis players Aimee Basinski and Keira Trujillo have been good friends for most of their tennis careers.

In theory, they’re a perfect doubles team.

But Basinski, a year older, was playing No. 1 singles as Trujillo played No. 2 singles for the Warriors, and the pair never got a chance to play doubles together.

During the Taco Bell Western Slope open, they finally found a chance to team up, cruising past Morgen Mantlo and Tylene Walker 6-1, 6-3 on Tuesday afternoon.

With court temperatures cracking triple digits, it wasn’t the ideal condition for Basinski and Trujillo to team up for their first match. The pair said they need to talk more and work on shaking off the rust after not playing competitively since the high school season.

“None of us have really played that much this summer,” Basinski said. “So there’s that.”

But the pair spent much of the match loose and relaxed, and outside of a speed bump in the second set, controlled the match from start to finish. Basinski worked a powerful serve, and Trujillo sliced shots with heavy topspin to fool her opponents.

Trujillo said Taco Bell presented a low-pressure opportunity for her and Basinski to play together.

“She’s always played above me, so even though we’re friends we have never really gotten to play,” Trujillo said. “We’ll get better together here, though.”

The duo will face Jacque Soychak and Bronte Hayward, who topped Abby Bridgett and Hannah Keeling 5-7, 6-2 (10-7), in the today’s 2 p.m. final.

Central High tennis coach Kathy Elliott said Basinski is in a league of her own at Taco Bell.

“Aimee is one of the best players in the state of Colorado,” Elliott said. “I’ll tell you, she’s so talented that she’s not even in the 18 singles (division), she’s playing in the open singles.”

Basinski said that future games will be better as she faces more familiar competition as the tournament progresses.

“We know their game a lot better,” Basinski said. “And now that we have a match under out belt we should be all right. We just have to keep our heads in it.”

Elliott said seeing sets of local players in many of the finals speaks volumes about tennis in the Grand Valley

“I’m proud of all our high school teams,” Elliott said. “They’re a bunch of great kids. At Taco Bell it gives them all an opportunity to come together and play well. During the (high school) season we’re on separate teams, but during Taco Bell it’s great to see all this talent come together.”


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