Doubles team places at Delta tourney

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Katie Birch and Elise Krueger led the Steamboat Springs junior varsity tennis team during the weekend at a snow-shortened tennis tournament in Delta County.

Birth and Krueger placed fourth in the No. 4 doubles bracket after falling to a team from Fruita-Monument in the consolation finals.

The tournament was overshadowed by snow and rain that forced organizers to shift the format after Friday's opening matches.

The change meant that players losing in the first round -- which included most of the Steamboat players -- were eliminated before Saturday's session.

"It was pretty tough on our players," coach Don Toy said. "But what are you going to do?"

Steamboat took a full team to the tournament, which featured four varsity squads and three junior varsity squads.

"Our players did very well playing against varsity kids," Toy said. "It's too bad we ran into some bad weather and our girls didn't get to play some more."

Singles players Bailey Moore, Sara Handing and Doran Walton made the trip to Delta.

Doubles teams Natalie Nichols and Lizzie Stoll; Lauren Marias and Holly Hillenbrand; and Tara Conlin and Jenn Shaw also played in the tournament.

The junior varsity team is scheduled to play Aspen and Durango on April 9 in Grand Junction.

The Steamboat varsity team is scheduled to travel to Gypsum to face the Eagle Valley Devils at 3 p.m. today.

--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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