It wasnt what Durango High School girls tennis coach Dave Weisfeldt expected.
Its not what he wanted either.
The Demons dropped their first home match of the season to Grand Junction Central on Friday, getting a lone win from Ellen Southworth in their 6-1 loss.
Historically, we have a problem on Fridays after school, Weisfeldt said.
We were flat energy, kind of unfocused, mentally unprepared, poor execution.
Still, Southworths 6-3, 6-2 victory was a bright spot for the otherwise lackluster Demons.
Southworth played up in the No. 1 singles spot after winning a challenge match against teammate Erin Neale earlier in the week to take over for Eva-Lou Edwards, who is playing at a tournament in Las Vegas.
Even though Southworth said she was a bit intimidated playing in Edwards spot, she didnt look it; her aggressive play at the net unbalanced Claudia Montano.
Southworth said she took advantage of soft returns from Montano to nab the quick two-set victory.
I think a lot of singles players dont see that (net play) that often, Southworth said. When youre playing someone that doesnt have the force some people have, they float them to you, and you can win instead of waiting for them to make a mistake.
And its always more fun to win a point than lose a point, she said with a laugh.
Weisfeldt said Southworth has been working on her play at the net this season, focusing on cutting down errors and converting points. For the last two weeks, her net play has been outstanding, he said.
Ellen likes to take charge and come in when shes invited, Weisfeldt said.
Conversely, struggles at the net cost Erin Neale the No. 2 singles match, she said.
Neale burned through Jamie Johnson in the first set for a 6-0 victory.
I was hitting ground strokes that were really deep, and she was kind of hanging out at the baseline, and when you get a shot at your foot, its really hard to return it, Neale said.
Neale also charged the net, intimidating Johnson with her size and scoring on quick returns.
But Johnson got a grip on both tactics and turned them around, hanging further back in the second set to better return Neales grounders and hitting the ball really hard right back at Neale when Durangos No. 2 came up close.
That threw me off because she actually hit me a few times, Neale said. She started to be really aggressive when I came up to the net, so that was what happened; thats what changed.
Neale lost the second set 6-4 and the pro-set tiebreaker 10-8.
She played pretty well; she just couldnt turn the corner, Weisfeldt said. It wasnt a complete disaster; it was only a partial disaster.
At No. 3 singles, Jamie Wanzek lost to Katie Murphey 6-3, then lost a long 7-5 set.
Durangos doubles teams continued the trend.
At No.1 doubles, Sierra Lillard and Gina Gates lost 6-1, 6-4 to Hannah Keeling and Emma Beckstead.
We had a little bit of an off day, Gates said after the loss. We definitely werent ourselves.
No. 2 doubles team Emma Hagen and Anna Wright lost 6-0, 6-2 to Bryce Lambert.
The Nos. 3 and 4 teams each won a set and glimpsed victory before falling in tiebreakers.
No. 3 Kit Hackett and Stephanie Bowles lost 6-4, won 6-4, then lost the match 10-6 in their tiebreaker to Bryce Lambert and Sara Clow.
No. 4 Meredith Nass and Brenna Kallaher won 6-1, lost 6-3, then lost 10-3 to Deedee Romo and Stacy Berragan to finish the Demons home opener.
Weisfeldt said hed expected to sweep the singles and at least win a couple of the doubles matches, so he was disappointed with the result.
One of the good things about sports, though, is sometimes you get a second chance to come out and prove yourself, he said: Durango will host Grand Junction at 9 a.m. today, its only other home match this season.
I hope they come out with some fire in their bellies after kind of getting whipped (Friday) afternoon, Weisfeldt said.