Steamboat sweeps Cedaredge

Sailors girls tennis team shines on the court

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— Meagan Franks downed six bottles of water during her No. 1 singles match against Brie Hotz Saturday but never slowed down during the contest, as she came out on top after two sets.

Franks, a senior on the Steamboat Springs tennis team, beat Cedaredge's Hotz 6-3, 6-1, despite entering the match feeling ill.

"I drank six bottles of Aquafina," said Franks, who credited the victory to her play on the offensive end.

"I played really consistent and that's what I was happy with," she said. "My serve is what kept me in it."

Franks, who improved her record to 2-0, has not been at 100 percent for the past two weeks.

She suffered a back sprain during a match against Longmont March 10, though she says she is now over the injury. Franks was undergoing physical therapy for the injury.

On Saturday, the Steamboat team made it a clean sweep over Cedaredge, winning all seven of its matches, which were played at the Tennis Center.

Allison Griffing, the Sailors' No. 2 singles player, routed Tori Everhart 6-1, 6-0. Kim Heckbert defeated Stacy Park in the No. 3 singles match, 6-1, 6-3.

The most lopsided win of the afternoon, however, came in the No. 2 doubles match, where Tiffany McGinn and Tara Weiss scored a shutout over Meryn Briscoe and Becca Abbott in two sets.

Sailors coach Emily Harris said the Bruins were overmatched, though it was a good learning experience for the Steamboat players.

"It's actually good experience for them to play against girls who don't hit too hard," Harris said. "It teaches them patience."

The Sailors next play the Delta Panthers at the Tennis Center Saturday.

Steamboat enters the Delta game with a 2-0 record.

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