Fruita tennis team opens with win over Junction
The Fruita Monument High School girls tennis team got its season off to a strong start Tuesday.
The Wildcats’ 5-2 victory over rival Grand Junction was their first win over the Tigers since 2010.
Fruita won several close matches in the season opener for both teams.
“Everything was a battle,” Wildcats coach Clint Davis said.
No. 1 singles player Lyric Fortson won a three-set match over Anne Hughes, and the No. 2 doubles team of Taylor Poudrier and Amanda Charles also had to go three sets before winning. Fortson won 5-7, 6-4, 10-8, and the No. 2 duo won 4-6, 6-2, 11-9.
Claiming straight-set wins for the Wildcats were No. 3 singles player Bronte Hayward, the No. 3 doubles team of Sara Cesark and Amy Espinoza and the No. 4 duo of Kelsi Barnett and Kayla Lyon.
Grand Junction got a straight-set win from No. 2 singles player Carolina Campos and a three-set victory from the No. 1 doubles team of Morgan Mantlo and Kiana Ziola.
Central 5, Delta 2: The Warriors won four matches in straight sets to open the season with a victory over the Panthers. Central’s No. 3 singles player, Abby Bridgett, won a three-set match, and its No. 2 doubles team of Marta Cameda-Portela and Ellie Driscoll lost in three sets.
No. 2 singles player Keira Trujillo and the No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Keeling and Bryce Lambert won their matches 6-0, 6-0 for the Warriors.
Palisade scored two goals within the first three minutes of the game at Long Family Memorial Park on its way to a 10-0 rout of Rifle. Cruz Maestas scored two goals and had one assist for the Bulldogs (3-0), who led 9-0 at halftime.
Audrey Rose Kachin scored two first-half goals, then played in goal in the second half, saving all three shots the Bears managed in the game. Courtney Clark, Indian Hilty, Nicole Harkreader, Sarah Talbott, Jenny Hicks and Aubrey Stafford-Raymond also scored goals for Palisade, which took 25 shots.
Grand Junction 7, Eagle Valley 1: Jordan Drake recorded a hat trick as the Tigers cruised past the Devils at Long Family Memorial Park.
Drake had two goals in the first half and added another early in the second half. Leah Swander added a pair of goals, one in each half, and Sam Melchor and Jordan McEndree also scored for Grand Junction.
Guadelupe Torres had three saves for the Tigers, limiting Eagle Valley to Muriel Gutierrez’s first-half goal.
Aspen High School raced to an 8-0 lead on Fruita Monument and cruised to a 15-3 victory.
The Skiers had a 39-12 shot advantage on their home turf, and Ryan Fitzgerald led them with four goals.
Justin Young, Dru Weihl and Tyrell Peterson scored for the Wildcats.