Tennis team off to a strong start

Girls go 3-1 on opening weekend


— The members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team will get a much needed break this weekend after coming out on the winning side of a swing through southwestern Colorado.
"It will be nice to get a chance to relax," said Allison Griffing, the Sailors' No.1 singles player. "Especially after the busy week we just had."
The girls won three out of four matches Friday and Saturday.
The Sailors opened the weekend road trip with a 5-2 win over Cedaredge in Montrose.
Griffing, Kim Heckbert and Kelli Parnell led a sweep in the singles brackets.
The Sailors No. 1 doubles squad of Tiffany McGinn and Ali Fisher and No. 4 squad of Megan Mooney and Martha Bender also scored points for the Sailors in the win.
Steamboat suffered the squad's only loss of the weekend in the next match against host Montrose a team the Sailors battle every year at the regional tournament.
"We knew they were going to be tough," Griffing said. "They are one of the top teams in our region and they are the ones that challenge us every season."
Victories by Montrose's Jamie Kneese and Krista Herr gave the Indians an early 2-1 lead after the singles matches. Steamboat's Parnell topped Montrose's Ann White in a 6-2, 6-2 match for the Sailors' only singles point of the match.
In doubles, Steamboat's No.1 team of McGinn and Fisher and No. 2 team of Christina Klein and Lacey Dodge were able to lift Steamboat back into the match. But Montrose earned points at the No.3 and No.4 doubles spots to escape with the victory.
The Sailors rebounded on Saturday with commanding wins over both Delta (7-0) and Paonia (6-1) in Delta. Conditions were challenging as the players battled high winds on the outdoor courts.
Against the Panthers, Steamboat jumped out to an early lead with Griffing, Heckbert and Parnell all winning in singles.
McGinn and Fisher, Dodge and Klein, Becca Herman and Elisabeth Salzgerber, and Mooney and Bender secured the win by sweeping Delta in doubles action as well. Steamboat also pounded Paonia on Saturday as Griffing, Heckbert, and Parnell all won in singles. McGinn and Fisher, Dodge and Klein and Mooney and Bender were all winners in doubles action.
The Sailors will be off until April 5-6 when they play in the Western Slope Tournament in Grand Junction.


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