The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team finished ninth out of 18 teams at the highly competitive Western Slope Tournament on Saturday.
In the first big tournament of the season, the Sailors had two singles players and the top two doubles teams win the consolation finals in Grand Junction.
Breanne Murray, No. 2 singles, and Lisa Floyd, No. 3 singles, won two consolation matches.
The No. 1 doubles team of Stacy Cavanagh and Molly Weiss easily defeated their opponents from Arvada West and Fruita-Monument. The No. 2 doubles team of Adele Dombrowski and Kristin Toy had just one match Saturday, defeating Fruita's tandem of Cayti Huston and Lindsey Hale easily, 8-2.
All the consolation matches were best-of-eight games in a one-set format.
Steamboat had faced Fruita-Monument earlier this season on the indoor clay courts in Steamboat, so coach John Aragon was curious to see how the Sailors would fare outside on the hard courts.
"We matched up with Fruita in three spots," Aragon said. "I thought it was in our favor to be at home indoors the first time, but we beat them worse (Saturday) than we did before."
Also competing for Steam-boat was No. 1 singles player Kelli Parnell, the No. 3 doubles team of Brittany DeGroff and Rebecca Timmerman and the No. 4 doubles team of Anya Salzgeber and Megan Gonio.
Parnell won one match and lost one match Saturday, and DeGroff and Timmerman dropped their match to Fairview. Salzgeber and Gonio defeated Montezuma-Cortez and Dakota Ridge.
Cherry Creek, the state's top team in Class 5A, won the tournament with 157 points. Cheyenne Mountain was second, and Grand Junction was third. Steamboat was ninth with 53 points but was the top team in its region, which bodes well for later this season.
Up next for Steamboat are matches against Aspen at 10 a.m. Saturday in Aspen. The Sailors also will face Durango in Aspen on Saturday.
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