Sailor falls in state quarterfinals


— There is little doubt that after her first trip to the state tennis tournament, Steamboat Springs freshman Allison Griffing will return to the tennis court in 2001 with a lot more experience and some pretty lofty goals.

Griffing will not be bringing a state title back from Pueblo's Gates Tennis Center this year. But, she managed to win in the first round and advance to the quarterfinals over the weekend before being beaten by Eaton's Carlee Carpio in a 6-2, 6-1 match.

Carpio advanced to the championship match where she lost to eventual state champion Erica Krantheim of Cheyenne Mountain in a 6-0, 6-2 match.

Griffing first-round victory came over Mullen's Andrea Ackerman in a 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4 match. It was the second time this season that the Steamboat No. 3 singles player has beaten one of Mullen's best in head-to-head play.

In her first year with the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team, Griffing posted one of the best individual records, at 6-2 in tournament play and 6-0 in dual matches, and advanced to her first ever state tournament in the Sailor's No. 3 singles position.

Cheyenne Mountain won the team championship title in Pueblo with 58 points. Kent Denver was second with 48, Mullen was third with 38 and Montrose came in fourth with 34 points.

Griffing's victory gave the Sailors two points in the final standings, placing the local team ahead of Liberty, Fountain Fort Carson and Mitchell.

There were 19 teams represented at the tournament.

Aspen's Laura Gordan won the No. 1 singles title, and Kent Denver's Lisa Miller topped the No. 2 singles slot.

Montrose's Gina Davenport and Jessica Eide won the No. 1 doubles title; Jaime Miller and Lindsay Cant of Kent Denver won the No. 2 doubles title; Sara Wiepking and Ashley Fitzgerald of Cheyenne Mountain won the No. 3 title; and Caitlin Finn and Erin Collins collected the No. 4 doubles title the girls state tennis championships.

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail


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