Tennis team hits the road for tourney

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— The Steamboat Sailors girls tennis team takes to the road today for the first half of a two-day tournament in Mullen.

In Mullen, the Sailors will compete against eight other teams from the 4A Class, including the Montrose Indians who defeated them, 4-3, last Saturday.

The players will compete individually, from the No. 1 singles division down to the No. 4 doubles division.

"This is a chance for us to play schools that we will not meet at our regionals," Sailors coach Beccy Brane said. "It's different competition and I think we're going to do very well in this."

The Sailors, 7-2 , have been guided this year by their singles players who all have 8-1 records in dual competition.

Allison Griffing (No. 1 singles), Meagan Franks (No. 2 singles) and Kim Heckbert (No. 3 singles) are the Sailors' starters.

Tara Weiss and Tiffany McGinn are 8-1 in the No. 2 doubles slot.

Kandra Sharp and Ali Fisher will start at the No. 1 doubles position and Sarah Davey and Laura Varsafsky are in the No. 3 doubles slot.

Megan Mooney and Becca Herman will step in at the No. 4 doubles slot, with Stephanie Kammerer and Marissa Bucci on spring break.

J.K. Mullen coach Vicki Matarazzo said the games will be played at two sites, including J.K. Mullen High School and the Sheridan Rec Center.

The Sheridan Rec Center is about three blocks from the high school.

"I think it's going to be a very competitive tournament," Matarazzo said. "The goal of this Mullen Invitational is to eventually get the best 4A teams in the state together. As we continue to do this year after year, hopefully we'll be able to get Cheyenne Mountain and Kent (Denver) to come," she said.

J.K. Mullen will have two teams competing in the tourney, Matarazzo said.

The tourney begins at noon Friday and resumes at 9 a.m. Saturday.

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