Sailors girls tennis team returns to action

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— After a two-week layoff, the Steamboat Springs girls tennis team returns to action Saturday with home-court advantage over Cedaredge.

The Sailors, who have not played since March 10, face the Bruins at 12:30 p.m. at the Tennis Center.

The Sailors were snowed out of their game in Loveland last weekend, though they scrimmaged Rocky Mountain High School at Fort Collins last Friday.

"We did play a scrimmage last weekend and we lost pretty badly," Sailors coach Beccy Brane said.

"We lost all the way across the board. It was a wake-up call."

Despite the loss, the Sailors are 1-0 on the season. They defeated Longmont in their home opener, 5-2.

The Bruins, who are 3-3, compete in the Class 3A Western Slope League. The Sailors are in the 4A Western Slope.

Delta was scheduled to travel to the Tennis Center this weekend also, but a number of the team's players could not attend, Panthers coach Mike Chastain said.

Thirteen Delta players also are on the high school's band, which is playing in Disneyland this weekend, he said.

The Sailors and Panthers have rescheduled their game for March 31 at the Tennis Center, Chastain said.

Don McFadden, who coaches Cedaredge, said he didn't have a scouting report on Steamboat, though he expects a tough contest.

"They're solid," McFadden said. "They have a good solid program there and I expect them to be pretty tough.

"I'd put them right there in the caliber of Montrose and Glenwood Springs."

Meagan Franks, a senior on the Steamboat team, will take on Cedaredge's Brie Hotz in the No. 1 singles match Saturday.

Franks enters with a 1-0 record and Hotz is 2-4.

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