Sailors tennis ready for wins

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The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team easily won every match Saturday against regional opponents Hotchkiss and Cederedge.

"Their teams weren't very strong," Coach John Aragon said. "We're glad that our team has good depth this year. There are some very good athletes out there."

The Sailors played Hotchkiss at 10 a.m. and Cederedge at 1 p.m. The varsity 1 team won, 7-0 against Hotchkiss, and the varsity 2 team won, 5-2.

The Sailors also won both matches against Cederedge, with the varsity 1 team winning, 7-0, and the varsity 2 team winning, 6-1.

Aragon said that although the matches went very quickly, he was glad the team was able to play outside of practice time.

"It was great to get those early matches in," he said.

Aragon said the singles and doubles lineup is mostly set for the season but that players will have the opportunity to move up from the varsity 2 team to the varsity 1 team. Likewise, some players might lose their varsity spots as other players advance.

Aragon doesn't foresee the team encountering much of a challenge during the next few matches, though he does think Aspen and Montrose have fairly good teams.

"We should be the team to beat this year," he said.

Varsity 1 player Jon Reese was happy to have the season start off with such solid wins.

"Our matches went really well. We expected do well because our team is so confident," he said. "Most of our region is pretty weak."

Reese is predicting that all the players this year should medal at the state championships in October.

Reese also was glad that some of the seniors who used to play tennis are back this year.

"There are a handful of seniors who played a few years ago who are back to play with us now," he said. "They're really helping us out.

Scott Peterson is one such senior.

Peterson used to play tennis in middle school and then quit for several years. After starting to play with some friends again, Peterson decided to join the team.

"All of my techniques have come back to me," he said. "I know we're going to go far this year with this team."

Senior Brian Behrman was happy that there were no weak spots during Saturday's matches and thinks it will be easy for the team to be regional champs for the eighth year in a row.

"No one every really poses a threat to us," he said. "They're just not up to par with us."

Aragon is happy to have such a strong team again this year because most of the players are returning.

"I really enjoy working with this group," he said.

The Sailors next play Colorado Academy at 4 p.m. Friday.

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