Durango shoes take down Bear Creek – The Durango Herald

Demons take first win, 5-2, over Bears

Leo Striticus on Friday lost his first set at number 3 doubles to Bear Creek 6-2, but the Durango High School veteran was far from finished.

In the second set, both players entered the tiebreaker, and Striticus won 7-6 (7-5) to force a decisive tiebreaker in the third set.

“It was really exciting,” said DHS coach Dan Zalbowitz. “It was the last game standing so everyone on both teams was watching.”

The Demons swept through all four doubles matches to beat Bear Creek before third place was decided, but Striticus kept going strong and won the third set tiebreaker 10-4 to put an exclamation point on Durango’s 5-2 win. , his first of the season.

“He stayed in the game mentally and kept working hard to win every point,” Zalbowitz said. “He was diving and sliding and really trying hard to get every point he could.”

Durango’s duos, meanwhile, won in straight sets.

Hays Striticus and Tanner Coddington won 6-3, 6-1 in doubles #1.

“They’re working hard and they’ve come together as a doubles team,” Zalbowitz said.

In doubles #2, Finn Skowlund and Andre Craig won 6-3, 6-1 to Durango.

“They are starting to work together better and better with each match,” said the coach.

In doubles number 3, Aeneas McBrayer and Truman Hughes only played a few games together, but on Friday they won 6-3, 6-1.

“They’re starting to mock as a team,” Zalbowitz said.

In doubles #4, Sam Fontenot and Brady Hoerl won 6-1, 6-3.

“Brady is new to the sport, but he’s really dedicated himself to it with his athleticism, and Sam is coming in and playing better every game,” the coach said.

Nate Claassen continued to play as each team’s top player but fell short 6-3, 6-1 in No. 1 singles for DHS. “He’s really working to stay in every match and stay positive,” Zalbowitz said.

Michael Hoffman, meanwhile, competed in 2nd place in singles because the team’s regular, Will Benac, was out. Hoffman lost 6-0, 6-1, but Zalbowitz said “he did really well and he didn’t give up”.

Durango also played at Fruita Monument on Saturday but lost 7-0.

This week, Durango will play its only home games of the season against Central Grand Junction at 4pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday. The Demons’ home match against Grand Junction was canceled because of rain and another team’s cancellation.

Rain and lightning have forced the team to get creative in some practice this season. Zalbowitz said they lifted some weights, ran if the rain wasn’t too heavy, and also watched videos and discussed strategies when they couldn’t get out on the court.

“It’s been a great group to work with, and the coaching staff is also very strong and dedicated,” Zalbowitz said.

Friday’s game will also be Durango’s senior night.

“We will honor our seniors and celebrate their leadership and commitment to the program,” said Zalbowitz.

The matches will also be Durango’s last preparation before the regional championships on October 5th and 6th.

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