Tennis Center team pulls perfect matches


— The Steamboat Springs Tennis Center Blue team turned in a perfect showing last weekend by winning all of its points in two matches against the Maroon Creek Women's 3.5 USTA team during a road trip to Aspen.

The back-to-back team matches were played June 29. Steamboat won the first 5-0, and the second by the same score.

"It's a different way to experience tennis," Steamboat's Chris Reitz said of the team concept. "It's a little more competitive than just playing in a league."

The Steamboat team was competitive last weekend as the team's No. 1 singles player, Lisa Nutkin took the first points of the day No. 1 singles position. She repeated her effort during her second outing of the day, setting the tone for her team.

Steamboat's Catherine Finch followed suit by topped Aspen's Alexis Weaver in the No. 2 slot by a score of 6-2, 6-1 in the first match.

Finch's teammate Colleen Grubbs stepped into the slot in the second match and also picked up a win over Weaver 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2.

In the adult league there are two singles and three doubles positions. A team picks up a point for each individual match won and the team with the most points after all five sets are completed wins the team match.

Steamboat's Libby Robbins and Bonnie Baggenstoss topped Aspen's Leelee Stege and Rebecca Wallace 6-0, 6-1 in the first match. Robbins and Baggenstoss also beat Stege and Diane Tegmeyer in the second match 6-3, 6-2.

The No. 2 doubles team of Dianna Sutton and Chris Reitz won their first match against Sonia Grossblatt and Betsy Ratcliffe 1-6, 6-2 and 6-3 in the morning. The Steamboat pair returned to the court in the afternoon and topped Aspen's Jane Jenkins and Barbi Benton 7-6, 6-4.

Steamboat's Jean Wolf teamed up with Colleen Grubbs in her first match and downed Aspen's Mey Knyper and Linda Frantz 6-0, 6-3. Wolf and Finch paired up in the afternoon to beat Aspen's Jackie Busksbaum and Gayle Hecker 6-1, 7-6.

The Steamboat team is scheduled to play six matches this summer including one against the Steamboat Red Team, Snowmass and River Valley Ranch later this month.

Steamboat coach Don Toy said while the team concept is relatively new to Steamboat (it's been around for three years) it's not new in the Denver area.

"It's very popular down there," Toy said. 'It's starting to catch on here now."


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