Tennis team remains unbeaten

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— The Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team swept the visiting Paonia Eagles Tuesday to remain unbeaten through its first five matches of the season.

Allison Griffing, who was bumped up to the No. 1 singles position, held off Paonia's Pam Frazier in two sets. Griffing, 5-0, defeated Frazier, 6-4, 7-5.

The hard-hitting sophomore said Frazier was a tougher challenge than she anticipated.

"She had a good serve and she was consistent," Griffing said. "She hit short balls, which I'm not used to playing.

"She was quick. She moved her feet well."

The match against Frazier was Griffing's first from the No. 1 singles position this season.

Steamboat's Meagan Franks, 4-1, was bumped to the No. 2 slot Tuesday.

Franks blew by Lindsay Marck to capture a 6-0, 6-0 win.

The Paonia match was Steamboat's first dual contest since Thursday, when it defeated Hotchkiss on the road, 5-2.

The Sailors also played in a tournament in Grand Junction Friday and Saturday, where they competed in a field of 16 teams.

Ten of those teams were from 5A schools.

Griffing made it to the semifinals at the tourney in the No. 2 singles division.

Kandra Sharp and Ali Fisher, who are the Sailors' No. 1 doubles team, made it to the quarterfinals.

Stephanie Kammerer and Marissa Bucci the No. 4 doubles team also made it to the quarterfinals.

Against Paonia, all of the Sailors' doubles teams won in two sets.

Kim Heckbert downed Paonia's Melissa Cannell 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 3 singles match.

"I thought I did well at the net," Heckbert said. "That's usually my strong point, coming up to the net. My forehands were not on today. But overall, it was not a bad match."

Steamboat continues play Friday in a doubleheader on the road against Glenwood Springs and Aspen.

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