Unlike their bus, the Durango High School boys tennis team kept cranking Saturday against Montrose.
The team pulled out a tight 4-3 win over the Indians before celebrating with a bus breakdown just outside of Silverton.
It was exciting lots of good playing, said assistant coach Karen Wilson, who coached the Demons on opening weekend while new head coach Reagyn Germer was absent because of a previous personal commitment.
Ryder Searle beat Phurba Sherpa 6-0, 6-0 in the top singles match.
It didnt look like it would be 6-0, 6-0. It looked like it was going to be a close one, but Ryder is just really strong, Wilson said from the side of the highway.
Aaron Cash lost 6-3, 6-4 to Chancy Dunn at No. 2 singles, and Wesley Komick beat Josh Robinson 7-5, 6-4 at the No. 3 slot.
And that was a really long and good match, Wilson said.
In doubles action:
No. 1s Alec Ensign and Drew Downs lost in three sets a 7-6 loss, a 7-6 win and a 10-5 loss to David Thorpe and Jared Warren.
No. 2s Blake McDaniel and Jalen Muller won 6-0, 6-3 over Clayton Buetler and Michael Coyne.
No. 3s Chris Walton and Patrick Neal lost in three a 6-4 win and 6-4, 10-4 losses.
No. 4s Harrison Quick and Tim Martin won 6-3, 7-5.
It was nice, Wilson said. It was good playing. Everyone had fun. It was a good day.
Even with a broken bus.
Aspen 6, Durango 1
Durangos season-opening dual Friday afternoon was the kind where the action didnt exactly reflect the result.
It went well, Wilson said of the Demons 6-1 loss to Aspen in Grand Junction. But the scores dont reflect that. The matches were really good, and everyone had fun.
At No. 1 singles, Searle won 6-0, 6-0 over Gordon Carr in the Demons lone victory.
He had like a flawless game, said Wilson.
At No. 2 singles, Cash lost to Kaylen Gabow 6-4, 6-2 in what Wilson said was the most exciting play of the dual.
That was a really good match; that was the longest match of the day, she said. That was just all around a really good match to watch.
To wrap up the singles, Komick lost to Brad Broeking 6-0, 6-0.
Teaming up at No. 1 doubles, Ensign and Downs fell to Henry Godfrey and Dylan Behr 6-2, 6-0, while McDaniel and Jalen Muller lost to Ricky Tscheppat and Devin Cardmone 6-1, 6-1.
Walton and Neal lost to Victor Robinson and Brandt Goodman 6-2, 6-4 at 3s, and Quick and Martin wrapped it up with a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Alex Regan and Michael Monday at 4s.
Wilson said the doubles teams had to adjust to changing partners after a midweek shakeup leading up to the Demons season-opening duals.