Sailors open tennis season at home with pair of wins

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It took a come-from-behind effort in the opening match against Hotchkiss, but the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team completed its first weekend of play without a loss.

The Sailors secured a hard-fought 4-3 win over Hotchkiss in the first match Saturday. Kelli Parnell and Breanne Murray picked up wins in the singles matches. But it was the play of the Sailors' No. 2 doubles team of Megan Mooney and Martha Bender and the No. 3 team of Rebecca Timmerman and Britt DeGroff that secured the win.

"This was a great victory for them," co-coach John Aragon said. "We were down at one point, 3-2, but our players didn't give up and they pulled it off."

Aragon is coaching this year's team along with fellow coach Don Toy.

"I knew going in that Hotchkiss was going to be tough," Aragon said." They returned most of their players from last year, and I expected them to be the team to beat from that area."

Steamboat returned to the court Saturday afternoon and swept Paonia in seven straight matches.

Steamboat's No. 1 singles player, Parnell and No.2 player Murray each picked up wins. The Sailors No.2 doubles team of Mooney and Bender and No. 3 team of Timmerman and DeGroff also improved their records to 2-0 for the 2004 season.

Steamboat's No. 3 singles player Stacy Cavanagh, and No. 1 doubles team of Kristin Toy and Cori Evans earned their first victories of the 2004 season Saturday against Paonia. Sailors Adele Dombrowski and Tara King also earned a point when Paonia forfeited the No. 4 doubles slot.

Steamboat will travel to Delta to take on Cedaredge and Delta in matches this weekend.

-- To reach John F. Russell

call 871-4209

or e-mail

jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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