The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team survived a scare in Grand Junction on Saturday and returned home with the squad's undefeated record still in tow.
Steamboat pulled out a 4-3 win against Durango in the second match Saturday, improving the team's dual record to 7-0 for the season. Steamboat defeated Aspen, 6-1, earlier in the day.
"We started out pretty strong, but I was hoping our doubles teams would have picked up a few more points against Durango," Sailors coach John Aragon said.
Steamboat blew past Aspen in the opener with singles players Kelli Parnell, Breanne Murray and Lisa Floyd winning matches.
Stacy Cavanagh and Molly Weiss led the Sailors in doubles play. Adele Dombrowski and Kristin Toy also won, along with Anya Salzgeber and Kerry Enochs.
Steamboat was looking good early in the match against Durango, as well, thanks to Parnell's victory against Michelle Quintano (6-2, 6-2) at No. 1 singles, Murray's victory against Paige Brookie (6-3, 6-2) at No. 2 singles and Floyd's victory against Alissa Wolf (6-0, 6-3) at No.3 sinlges.
Steamboat seemed to be cruising toward victory when Cavanagh and Weiss picked up a win against Durango's Caitlin Ireland and Meghan Eppich (6-0, 6-3) in the No. 1 doubles slot.
But Durango's doubles teams came to life in the final part of the match to make things a lot tighter than Aragon would have liked.
It started when Kelsea Ferrato and Lindsay Moss defeated Dombrowski and Toy in three sets to take a point at the No.2 doubles slot.
Then Durango's Jessica Wilson and Mollie Davids handed Brittany De-Groff and Rebecca Timmerman their first loss of the season, and Chelsea Phillips and Kate Gillis topped Steamboat's Salzgeber and Enochs at No. 4 doubles.
Aragon is hoping the near-upset will send a message to his players as they wrap up action this week before the school begins spring break.
Steamboat is scheduled to face Vail Mountain School tonight in Edwards and play in a tournament at Mullen on Friday and Saturday.
"The tournament will be a good test for our players," Aragon said. "It's our last chance at tournament play before the regional tournament, and I know there will be some good 4A teams there."
-- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org