Grand Junction serves up a win against Demons

The Grand Junction High School girls tennis team had a dominant performance Saturday against Durango, not losing a single set in a 7-0 Southwestern League dual victory.

The Tigers’ doubles teams were impressive, with the No. 2 team of Alex Proietti and Emmie Madison winning 6-0, 6-0, as did the No. 3 team of Madison Gurley and Kylie Pond. The

Demons were never able to crack the service games, which led to the big victories for the Tigers.

Proietti said seeing the other girls winning their matches before her team takes the court makes the girls want to win more.

“When the other teams are winning it makes us more excited,” Proietti said. “We are more eager to get out there and get the job done.”

Madison and Proietti were doubles partners last year and Madison can tell they are progressing this season as they continue to grow as a team.

“We have gotten a lot closer and that really helps, because we are more comfortable on and off the court, which really helps our game,” Madison said. “So far we have some good progress. We started off the season strong and hope to finish strong.”

Tigers coach Carol Elliott was pleased with the results and said the team is getting stronger as a unit.

“I was really happy about how the girls played (Friday) and today,” Elliott said. “They did a great job executing and trying to get better on their returns and service game, so I was really happy.”

The Tigers host Aspen at 4 p.m. on April 3.

Elliott can see her team becoming more confident.

“We are getting more confidence with each of our matches and getting better at working on things we need to work on to compete with those tough (Front Range) teams,” she said. “I am really excited at where we are right now.”


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