Roaring Fork, Aspen, no match for Steamboat


— Steamboat Springs tennis player Meagan Franks was all smiles as she walked off the court Friday night after beating Roaring Fork's Tina Czechowicz in commanding style.

"I was confident going into the match," Franks said. "I wanted to save some energy for my (other) match tonight (against Aspen)."

Franks defeated Czechowicz in straight sets 6-0 and 6-2 to give the Sailors a point in the No. 1 position.

Franks' Steamboat teammates would all follow suit en route to a 7-0 win over Roaring Fork. It was the first match in a double-header at the Tennis Center.

Sailor Kandra Sharp topped Roaring Fork's Chelsea Nash in a seesaw battle at the No. 2 position. Sharp came from behind to win the first set 7-5. She also had to climb out of a hole in the second set, but finished with a 6-3 win.

Steamboat's Allison Griffing dominated the No. 3 match, polishing off the Rams' Carrie Jo Riordan, 6-2, 6-0.

Steamboat's doubles teams also were strong. In fact, the No. 1 pair of Kim Heckbert and Tiffany McGinn said they played one of their best matches this season.

"It felt good to be in control," Heckbert said.

The local pair collected a 6-0, 6-0 win over Roaring Fork's Annette Koziel and Emily Green.

Steamboat's Tori Austin and Laura Varsafsky topped Mallory Kecka and Mary Barr in two sets in the No. 2 doubles match. The first set went to a tie-breaker with the local pair coming out on top.

Ali Fisher and Tara Weiss collected the win for the Sailors in the No. 3 doubles match and Kristen Bender and Sarah Davey won in the No. 4 slot.

"I think our team is pretty strong this year," Franks said. "We've been working really well and our coaches are great -- we have good, solid coaches this year-- so it's fun. Hopefully we will get some girls to state. It will be tough, but hopefully."

The Sailors edged Aspen 4-3 in their second match of the day, with Meagan Franks and Allison Griffing scoring singles victories.

Aspen's Tiffany Stone defeated Sailor Kandra Sharp 7-6 (7), 6-2, in the third singles match.

In doubles play, Sailors Kim Heckbert and Tiffany McGinn won in straight sets 6-1, 6-3, while teammates Kristen Bender and Sarah Davey also won, with 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-1 set scores.

Sailors doubles teams of Tori Austin and Laura Vorsafsky, and Ali Fisher and Tara Weiss, lost to their Aspen opponents.


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