Thursday, September 25, 2003
A heart-pounding 4-3 win over Colorado Academy on Tuesday night marked the latest accomplishment for the Steamboat Springs tennis team.
The boys squad, which opened the season 0-3, has pounded out five victories in its past five outings and looks ready to defend its 2002 regional title.
The team's success is something coach John Aragon expected when the season opened, but he has been particularly pleased with the team's play recently.
"We were playing well in those early matches but just didn't get the wins," Aragon said. "We are playing even better now."
The coach said the team's best match came Tuesday when Steamboat came from behind to take a 4-3 win from Colorado Academy on the road. Steamboat's No. 2 doubles team of Danny Weiss and Jon Reese proved to be the difference in the tight match.
The Steamboat squad topped Colorado Academy's Matt Mozia and Jake Carkin in a back-and-forth match. In the end the Steamboat players earned a 5-7, 7-5, (16-14), that turned out to be the most important point of the evening.
"It was the most exciting match we've played all season," Aragon said.
Four matches went to three sets, with several requiring a tiebreaker, and only three were settled in straight sets.
Colorado Academy earned points from Austin Nunn in the No. 1 singles position and Blaine D'Argonne in the No. 3 spot. Colorado Academy got a point from Michael Forkel and Evan Zietler in the No. 1 doubles slot.
Steamboat's Patrick Ayres at No. 2 singles, Steamboat's No. 3 team of Brain Aragon and Jesse Schaller, and No. 4 team of Dylan Roberts and Brian Behrman picked up the points that helped Steamboat even the match.
Aragon said Steamboat's refusal to give up initiated a lengthy match between the No. 2 teams that stretched into the night. All of the other matches had ended by the time Weiss and Reese earned the final point to give the Sailors the win.
"It was a great moment for our team and our players," Aragon said. "I'm hoping we will be able to carry that momentum into this weekend."
Steamboat's two remaining matches are at the Tennis Center on Saturday. The big one is the 9 a.m. match with Aspen.
"Aspen is the team to beat in the Western Slope League right now," Aragon said.
"This is the first time we have seen them this season in dual action."
The Sailors also will play a match against Evergreen at 11 a.m.
Aragon said the match should be a great preview for next weekend's regional tournament in Delta.
Steamboat is hoping to capture its sixth regional title in the past eight years at that tournament.
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