Locals place in tennis tourney

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— Lisa Floyd and Allison Griffing highlighted local finishes at the Bookcliff Country Club Open earlier this week in Grand Junction.

Ten-year-old Lisa Floyd was the top Steamboat finisher taking first place in the 12-and-under division in the tournament that was played Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Floyd won four matches in a round-robin division to earn the victory.

"It was a designated tournament," junior coach John Aragon said of Bookcliff. "So the players earned ranking points."

Aragon is heading up the Tennis Center's Junior Academy this year, which has grown to nearly 100 players. The academy, which runs year round, meets twice a week in the summer.

"This program has a lot of up-and-coming players with a whole lot of talent," Aragon said. "The idea is to get these players some tournament experience, which will make our high school and junior programs that much stronger in the future."

Griffing, who will be a junior at Steamboat Springs High School next fall, fell in her second match of the tournament, but rebounded to win the consolation championship title. She said the Grand Junction experience was just what she needed to shake off a bad tournament earlier this month.

"I'm just working on my consistency right now," Griffing said. "This summer has been great because I've gotten a lot of match play. That really helps."

Griffing will head to Boulder on June 25 to play in another major regional tournament.

Two other local players took part in the Bookcliff tourney. Alex Griffing ran into some tough competition in the early rounds of the 14-and-under division and high school player Joe Cutler had to withdraw after suffering an injury in an early round.

"It was a very good tournament for our kids," Aragon said. "There were some very good players in this one."

Aragon said that Ramsey Bernard also had a top result at an Intermountain Junior Tournament in Salt Lake City last weekend. Bernard placed in the top eight in the 12-and-under division against some of the best players in the region.

"That's a huge result for him," Aragon said. "The top six in the region at the end of the season qualify for Nationals, so he's right in there."

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