A team with chemistry

Cavanagh, Weiss play well for Sailors tennis team

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Sailor Stacy Cavanagh is a competitive senior driven to make one last state title run in her final year at Steamboat Springs High School.

Molly Weiss is a talented freshman packed with tons of potential, which coaches think will make her a contender on the tennis court for years to come.

Separately they are solid players, but together they have formed a special relationship that pushes them to a new level.

"They've got great chemistry," coach John Aragon said. "They have the ability and the potential to go a long way this season."

Cavanagh and Weiss improved their record to 5-0 on Tuesday as the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team posted a 6-1 win against Boulder at the Tennis Center of Steamboat Springs.

Cavanagh and Weiss won despite committing many unforced errors early against Boulder's Kate Kronen and Liz Myers.

"It was a good learning experience," Cavanagh said after the match. "It's nice to know that we can still find a way to win, even when we are not playing our best tennis."

The pair shook off the slow start in time to secure a 6-3 win in the first set, and then they cleaned up their game, easily winning the second set, 6-0, to sweep the match.

"I guess I learned to keep my head up," Weiss said after the match. "I play a lot better when I do that."

Boulder coach Gale Howard said many of his regular players missed Tuesday's match because of spring break. Boulder brought all the team's varsity singles players, but Kronen and Myers were the only varsity doubles players on the roster. They usually fill the No. 3 slot.

Sailors winning matches on Tuesday included Steamboat's No. 2 singles player, Breanne Murray, who defeated Boulder's Lindsey Czech, 6-1, 6-1, and Steamboat's No. 3 singles player, Lisa Floyd, who defeated Boulder's Liz Peterson, 6-0, 6-0.

Steamboat's No. 1 singles player, Kelli Parnell, lost a tough match to Boulder's top player, Carley Wilson, 6-4, 6-1.

Wilson spent her spring break in Las Vegas playing in the Intermountain Sectional Tournament, and it showed on Tuesday.

"She just got back into town last night," Howard said. "She's playing really well right now."

Steamboat also earned points at the No. 2 doubles position as Steamboat's Adele Dombrowski and Kristin Toy defeated Boulder's Brianan Roberts and Anna Herrmann, 6-1, 6-2.

Steamboat's Brittany DeGroff and Rebecca Timmerman defeated Boulder's Kirsten Kampe and Sarah Geller, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 3 position.

Steamboat's Anya Salzgeber and Kerry Enochs completed the doubles sweep by downing Boulder's Hannah Blacker and Sandy MacDonnell, 6-1, 6-0, in the No. 4 slot.

For Cavanagh, the victory wasn't as important as just getting to play.

After blowing out her knee in volleyball practice last August, it looked as if the senior would spend her final year of high school riding the bench.

Not an easy thing to do.

Last year, Cavanagh was a rising star with the volleyball program and just missed the state tennis finals in her first year with the team.

"I'm just excited to be playing a sport," Cavanagh said. "The doctors told me that I wouldn't be able to play anything this year. The doctors are nervous about me playing tennis -- but I think it's worth it."

So does her partner.

"She's so energetic and happy all the time," Weiss said. "We've always gotten along. I guess our personalities just sort of go together."

Cavanagh said she is thrilled to be playing with Weiss. Both girls were members of the volleyball team and were good friends before the tennis season began.

"She can kick my butt playing tennis, but I think I'm a little more level-headed," Cavanagh said. "I think we have a good balance."

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