Steamboat gets better of Eaton


— All but one varsity spot on the Steamboat Springs girls tennis team is locked in. Sophomore Kerry Enochs wants the vacant one.

On Friday, she teamed up with Anya Salzgeber to defeat Eaton's No. 4 doubles team of Jena Montera and Ali Aenchbacher, 6-4, 6-4.

"It's very nerve racking," said Enochs, who is in her second year of competitive tennis. "I'm competing against two other girls."

Those girls are Megan Gonio and Bailey Moore, who also have played matches with Salzgeber. But Friday, Salzgeber and Enochs were the only doubles team to win in straight sets, possibly helping Enochs' cause.

"This was the hardest team we've played so far," Salzgeber said.

Salzgeber, who filled in on varsity last season, would like a permanent partner. Coach John Aragon has to select a player by Tuesday because all positions must be determined by the season's fifth match per Colorado High School Activities Association rules.

Steamboat hosts Fruita-Monument at 10 a.m. today and hosts Boulder at 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Tennis Center in its fifth match of the season.

Aragon used to serve as Eaton's head tennis coach before moving to the Western Slope. On Friday, he said the Reds are a perennial power in Colorado tennis, and he was pleased the Sailors came away with a 5-2 team victory.

Steamboat Springs 5, Eaton 2 No. 1 singles -- Carol Abeyta (E) def. Kelli Parnell 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 No. 2 singles -- Breanne Murray (SS) def. Whitney Cunningham (E) 6-2, 6-3 No. 3 singles -- Lisa Floyd (SS) def. Grace Keirnes 6-0, 6-0 No. 1 doubles -- Stacy Cavanagh/Molly Weiss (SS) def. Rachel Ehrlich/Melissa Ehrlich 6-2, 6-2 No. 2 doubles -- Nicole Ballard/Amanda Lesh (E) def. Adele Dombrowski/Kristin Toy (SS) 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 No. 3 doubles -- Brittany DeGroff/Rebecca Timmerman (SS) def. Linsey Ward/Anna Bruce 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 No. 4 doubles -- Anya Salzgeber/Kerry Enochs (SS) def. Jena Montera/Ali Aenchbacher 6-4, 6-4:

For as much as he complimented Eaton's depth, he expressed equal pleasure with Steamboat's squad this spring.

Steamboat freshman Lisa Floyd put on a tennis clinic against opponent Grace Keirnes on Friday. Floyd attacked from the baseline and the net and used her serve to keep Keirnes off balance. Floyd won easily, 6-0, 6-0 -- and she is the No. 3 singles player on the depth chart.

"She was very poised and confident," Aragon said. "She set up points. That's how she needs to play."

Between the cheers for Floyd came cheers for Breanne Murray, Steamboat's No. 2 singles player. Matched up against the much taller Whitney Cunningham, Murray used her tennis experience to dictate points for a 6-2, 6-3 win.

Midway through the second set, with Murray up 4-1, there was a disagreement on the set score. Murray ensured there wasn't another one, winning the final two games convincingly.

"Breanne had some great passing shots," Aragon said. "There was a little scoring discrepancy and she got fired up and went out there and beat the girl off the court. Last year, she couldn't do that as a freshman, but she can as a sophomore."

Steamboat's Brittany De--Groff and Rebecca Timmerman pulled off a great comeback win against Eaton's Linsey Ward and Anna Bruce. DeGroff and Timmerman lost the first set, but won the second in resounding fashion, 6-1, and pulled out a 6-4 win in the third set.

"That was a great match," Aragon said. "Our girls stepped back and played on the baseline. It was a great adjustment on their part."

Steamboat's No. 2 doubles team of Adele Dombrowski and Kristin Toy, who was playing in her first varsity match of the season, came back from a 5-2 deficit in the first set to win it 7-5 but lost the next two sets and the match.

No. 1 singles player Kelli Parnell lost to Eaton's top singles player, Carol Abeyta, in three sets.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail


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