Editor's note: The Durango Herald will run season previews before every fall sports teams' home openers.
The Demons will play Montrose High School at 4 p.m. today at the DHS tennis courts before hosting Fruita Monument at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Durango only has won three matches in three days of play this year, with a tumultuous lineup that has suffered some poorly timed illnesses and absences, head coach Dave Weisfeldt has said in previous reports to The Durango Herald.
Weisfeldt was unavailable for comment the last three days.
Aspen defeated Durango in all seven matches in both schools' season debut Sept. 10, as Weisfeldt worked six junior varsity players into the mix.
The next two days brought the challenging Western Slope Open Invitational, and a few more bright spots for DHS.
Alex Peters and Tanner Bradshaw defeated Grand Junction's No. 3 doubles pair for the Demons' first win Day 1.
Demons No. 1 singles player Austin Lillard showed he can be a threat to other teams' aces - perhaps even at Regionals - in taking an Air Academy player to three sets in a Day 1 shootout and beating a Grand Junction Central player in a super tiebreaker Day 2.
Nathan Youssef, Durango's lonely No. 4 doubles player, teamed with a Dakota Ridge alternate player at the Open because the depleted Demons were unable to field a full team, and the duo beat Grand Junction's No. 4 6-3, 7-4.
Lillard has been the Demons' ace all season, with Clayton Haidaris playing each match at No. 2, and Kenny Walstedter seeing his first competitive singles action in three matches at No. 3.
The No. 1 doubles team has been composed of Marcus Sansoni and Matt Burns, Aidan Graham and Cody Nordby make up the No. 2 unit, and Bradshaw and Peters are the No. 3 team.
Durango's JV will play after the varsity teams finish their matches this weekend.
After its brief home stint, DHS will play at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Montezuma-Cortez.