The Durango High School girls tennis team got its season underway against Fruita Monument on Thursday, losing all of its matches but gaining valuable experience against the Class 5A tennis juggernaut.
"We were blanked by Fruita, but they're a very powerful squad," DHS coach Dave Weisfeldt said. "I talked to some of the coaches afterward, and they said it was one of the best teams in that school's history."
No. 1 DHS singles player Sloane Phillips lost 6-1, 6-2 to Lindsey Henke.
"Sloane was just not consistent (Thursday)," Weisfeldt said. "She never really found the right range."
It didn't go much better for No. 2 Sarah Boyle, playing her first varsity singles match after playing doubles with Allison Schell last season. Boyle was unable to take a game in her loss to Andi Kirtland.
Her former partner did slightly better, winning three games and having a "pretty good match," said Weisfeldt, in her first singles action.
The No. 1 doubles team of Taylor Peterson and Lauren Adams, both freshmen, lost 6-2, 6-2 to Hailey Olert and Taryn Moon.
"They're a new doubles team," Weisfeldt said. "Our goal for (Thursday) was just to get new people in competitive matches."
No. 2 doubles Ellen Southworth and Kari Bjorlin, a freshman and sophomore, respectively, lost 6-3, 6-2 to Katie McGovern and Grace Gaglioni in the day's closest match.
At No. 3, Stephanie Sargent and Sierra Lillard dropped their first match together 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 doubles pair Kelsey Smith and Cassie Cathcart won just one game in their loss.
Durango will compete in the Western Slope Open today and tomorrow at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.
"Fruita was good preparation for (today)," Weisfeldt said. "We got the nervous jitters out and broke the ice on our season."