Sailors in fine form for regionals

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— A tennis powerhouse?

Well maybe not just yet, but the members of the Steamboat Springs tennis team are making all the right steps.

Despite losing to 5A Thompson Valley on Saturday, the Sailors finished the regular season with a 7-3 dual match record.

This season comes on the heels of last year's winning season in which the local team won it's first six matches and posted a 7-2 mark.

The Steamboat girls team has also sent at least one member of the team to the state meet the last two years and coaches are optimistic headed into this weekend's regional tournament in Grand Junction.

"If we play up to our potential I think we could win it," coach Carol Baily said.

The Sailors are coming off of a 6-1 loss to 5A Thompson Valley on Saturday morning. The team's No. 2 singles player Meagan Franks was the only Sailor to earn a point in the match. She topped Thompson Valley's Kayli Changstrom in a 1-6, 6-2, 6-0 match.

But it didn't take long for the Steamboat team to rebound. That afternoon Steamboat topped Poudre in a scrimmage match 4-3. The match will not count in the Sailors standings this year, but was a confidence builder for the local players nonetheless.

Allison Griffing, Meagan Franks and Kim Heckbert all won points in the Poudre match. Griffing topped Sarah Smith in the No.1 singles slot 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 and Franks clipped Libby Gray in the No. 2 match 6-0, 6-1. Kim Heckbert completed the singles sweep by knocking off Lindsay Glasscock 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 3 position.

Poudre made a comeback by winning the No.1, No.2 and No.4 doubles matches that day. But Steamboat's Stephanie Kammerer and Nicole Fischer managed to win a thrilling to seal the Steamboat victory.

This weekend the team will hope to carry some of the momentum into the regional playoffs which begin on Friday in Grand Junction.

"This is the biggest weekend of the season for us," Baily said. "This tournament will determine who goes on to state."

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