Off to Aspen

Sailors tennis team playing with confidence

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— After the first three league matches of the season, the members of the Steamboat Springs Sailors have taken to the court with a new sense of confidence.

This team has improved so much from our first few matches of the season, coach John Aragon said. Its hard to put into words just how far this team has come, but our goal right now is just to keep improving with every match.

The coach is also hoping the team can maintain that confidence in the final week of the regular season and for the regional tournament, which will be played Oct. 3 5 in Delta.

The Steamboat players seemed to take to the courts in Delta last weekend as they posted dominating 7-0 wins over Delta and Hotchkiss in the first two league contests of the season.

Steamboat also defeated Cedaredge in a 6-1 contest, surrendering just one point out of 21 to the trio of Western Slope opponents.

The only Sailor to lose a point all weekend was Jonathan Solomon. He came out on the losing side of a tight match with Cedaredges Joel Anderson, 7-5, 6-4 on Saturday.

To his credit, Solomon topped Deltas Alex Levine 6-0, 6-1 on Friday and Hotchkiss Ricky Sparks 6-1, 6-7 (5-7) and 6-3 on Saturday to finish the weekend with a 2-1 record.

The rest of Steamboats players, including No. 2 player Patrick Ayres, No. 3 Andrew Krueger and all four doubles teams, cruised through last weekends matches without a loss.

It felt good, Aragon said. All of our players had a strong showing and while the scores may not indicate it, most of the matches were very competitive. It was nice to see our players get up and then put the matches away.

Aragon and the Sailors will be hoping the winning streak continues this weekend in the final regular season test in Aspen.

Steamboat is slated to face Aspen on Friday night and then play a non-league finale against Evergreen Saturday.

Aspen will be a really good test for our team, Aragon said. It should give us a pretty good idea of were we stand in the region.

Steamboat and the other four teams from the Western Slope will head to the all-important regional tournament in Delta the following weekend.

We are hoping to make it five-in-a-row, Aragon said of winning regional titles. But it is going to take a whole lot of hard work and a little bit of luck to make that happen.

Montrose and Montezuma-Cortez will also drop into Steamboats regional tournament.

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