With a lineup depleted by spring break, the Durango High School girls tennis team lost six of seven matches on the road against Grand Junction Central on Friday afternoon.
The No. 2 doubles pairing of Sierra Lillard and Kelsey Smith highlighted the day for DHS, winning 4-6, 6-1 and 6-2 over Megan Shahnooshi and Monica Treto.
After it took a 4-0 lead to start the first set and lost six consecutive games, DHS coach Dave Weisfeldt was worried about the mental state of his team.
"I ran over to the fence wondering what was going on," he said. "They said they had it under control, and the result demonstrated that fact."
With more than a third of his Demon players away on vacation, Weisfeldt was forced to mix things up Friday.
"I don't even know what to call this team," Weisfeldt said. "It was the ultimate improve, ad hoc lineup."
"We knew we were going to be challenged by Central going into it. We got a good look at them in the Western Slope Open, and we knew they were going to be tough."
Sloane Phillips lost 2-6, 4-6 to Elise Beekstead in the No. 1 singles after holding a lead in both sets.
"She had trouble finding an even keel," Weisfeldt said of Phillips. "She didn't get beaten by winners. She's a very astute player, though. She knows what she has to do to improve."
DHS No. 2 Sarah Boyle lost 4-6, 3-6 to Mandy Johnson.
At No. 3, where Ellen Southworth was elevated from doubles for her first varsity match, DHS lost 2-6, 1-6.
Playing together for the first time, Taylor Peterson and Allison Schell lost 4-6, 4-6 to Central's Erin Murphey and Kelsey Sloan in the No. 1 doubles.
"That was a tough one," Weisfeldt said. "It kept see-sawing back and forth."
The No. 3 doubles team of Jamie Johnson and Katy Murphey won just one game against Kendall Kniffen and Tyler Jamison after being moved up from JV.
Audrey Smith and Kalena Umbhau lost 1-6, 1-6 to Selina Kirk and Britney Audino.
The Demons will play at Grand Junction High School at 10 a.m. today.