Grand Junction continues winning tennis trend against Fruita

What started out as a typical Grand Junction-Fruita Monument girls dual tennis match Tuesday got interesting as the match wore on.

Grand Junction, long the dominant force in high school girls tennis on the Western Slope, still managed to get the victory in its first Southwestern League dual of the season, but the match was closer than the final 6-1 score indicated.

“Some of our teams carried over from the weekend (Western Slope Invitational) with confidence,” Tigers coach Carol Elliott said. “Some of them (who lost in Saturday’s tournament finals) carried (that) over.”

The No. 1 singles match was indicative of the day.

Tigers top player Charlotte Mooney had to regroup before taking a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 victory over Lindsey Henke.

Mooney and Henke effect held service through the first set. Henke broke serve early in the second set and took a 5-1 lead.

“She’s a really, really good athlete,” Mooney said of the difficulty in overcoming Henke, whom she defeated three times last year. “She’d going to get everything back. If I’m not aggressive, it’s going to be tooth and nail.”

She was right as both players appeared like backboards at times through some long rallies.

“Lindsey’s a great kid,” Elliott said. “She gets a lot of balls back on you.”

Mooney finally went to a drop shot to force Henke to scramble, using effectively to keep Henke on the run.

“That’s what I finally figured out was I had to mix it up,” Mooney said.

“She didn’t want to resort to do that, even though it’s in her repertoire.” Elliott said.

Mooney also found herself moving up from the comfort of the baseline.

“I had to go to the net more, which isn’t my style, but it’s becoming that,” she said.

There’s wasn’t the only close, match of the day. The Tigers No. 2 doubles team of Samantha Weinberg and Liz Heaps rallied from a one-set deficit to defeat Katie McGovern and Grace Gaglione, including a nail-biting 7-6 third-set victory.

“You’ve got to give credit to Fruita,” Elliott said.


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