Saturday, September 24, 2005
The Evergreen and Greeley West tennis teams hadn't lost a dual match until they came to Steamboat Springs on Saturday.
The Sailors continued their impressive season with two more dual victories, moving their team record to 5-1. Steamboat's only loss was to Grand Junction High School.
"As a team, we are playing better," Sailors coach John Ara-gon said. "They are starting to stand up to tougher competition and fight for points. We have a lot of young players willing to work hard, and it's showing on the court."
Steamboat started things off with a 6-1 win against Evergreen. The Sailors' only loss was at No. 1 singles after Walker Loetscher defaulted in the second set.
Every other Steamboat player or team won. Sophomore Ramsey Bernard was the only player who needed three sets to win; after losing the first set, 7-5, Bernard came back to win the next two, 6-4, 6-2.
Bernard defeated Greeley West's Matt Krammer, 6-2, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon.
As a team, Steamboat defeated Greeley West, 5-2, handing the Spartans their first dual loss of the season.
Bernard and Aragon said Greeley West was one of the better teams Steamboat has faced this season, but some of the lopsided scores reflected how well the Sailors played.
Steamboat's David Compton fell at No. 1 singles after filling in for Loetscher. Steamboat's No. 2 doubles team of Jon Reese and Brian Aragon lost to the Spartans' Nik Lehnert and Jason Shelton, 6-4, 6-2.
Reese and Aragon won their match against Evergreen, 6-1, 6-2.
"It wasn't very close," Brian Aragon said about his and Reese's opening match. "It would have been closer, but we played really well."
Steamboat's No. 1 and No. 3 doubles teams did some switching this season with positive results thus far. John Aragon put Taylor Reed and Nick Ludolph together at No. 1 doubles. Dylan Roberts and Jesse Schaller are together at No. 3 doubles.
Both teams won both matches Saturday.
"I think we played the best we have all season as a team," Roberts said. "We've usually been off and on."
Steamboat will be at home for the next two weeks before the regional tournament opens in Montrose.