After a long, hot day at the Class 5A Regional Tennis Championships in Grand Junction, the Demons still have one doubles team standing.
"It was a long day at the courts ... about a 13-hour day. We're all a little crispy," DHS tennis coach Dave Weisfeldt said Thursday night. "But we had some great results, kind of on the front end and the back end."
He said the DHS No. 4 doubles team was the big surprise of the day.
The Demon duo of Cassie Cathcart and Linnea Bergfalk, stepping in as an alternate team, won two of three matches Thursday to remain alive in the playback bracket.
Cathcart and Bergfalk opened with a thrilling, three-set victory over the No. 4 doubles team from Grand Junction Central 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8 in the tiebreaker).
"Talk about pressure," Weisfeldt said. "They played well under pressure."
The duo lost to top No. 4 doubles seed Dakota Ridge 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). But Cathcart and Bergflak rallied in their first playback match to defeat Mountain Vista 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
"That puts them in the playback finals at 8 o'clock (tonight)," Weisfeldt said.
"They really had a wonderful day out there."
Sloane Phillips, at No. 1 singles, had a strong opening match with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 win over the No. 1 singles player from Columbine.
"At the end of the first set, Sloane had figured her opponent out. She came up with an effective strategy," Weisfeldt said.
In her next match, she lost 6-0, 6-0 to the powerful No. 1 player from Fruita Monument, Lindsey Henke.
In playback action, Phillips lost 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) to Central.
"That was a hard one, but Sloane put in tremendous effort," Weisfeldt said.
At No. 2 singles, Durango's Sarah Boyle lost to Central 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) and was eliminated.
At No. 3 singles, Ellen Southworth lost 6-0, 6-3 to Dakota Ridge, ending her tournament.
At No. 1 doubles, Durango's Allison Schell and Taylor Peterson lost 7-5, 6-1 to Columbine.
Durango's No. 2 doubles team of Lauren Adams and Kari Bjorlin also lost to a Columbine duo - 6-0, 6-2.
At No. 3 doubles, Durango's Meghan Robinson and Kelsey Smith lost a three-setter to Columbine 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 6-3.
The tournament will continue today at Mesa State College.