Sailors down Demons

Tennis team has final home matches today

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— Anya Salzgeber raised her clenched fist in the air and skipped toward doubles partner Rebecca Timmerman.

Finally, a reason to smile.

After losing the first set and falling behind, 4-1, in the second set, Steamboat's No. 2 doubles team rallied to win the match, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2), 10-4, against Glenwood Springs' Tamera Flanery and Stacey Miller.

"It looked like they were giving up," Sailors coach John Aragon said. "I went out there and told them both to move back when you are receiving serve and play Australian doubles on the serve."

In Australian doubles, the partners are lined up in a row instead of a stagger.

"They started winning points, and then they got momentum and got their teammates cheering them on," Aragon said. "That was a great win for Anya and Rebecca."

The Sailors defeated the Demons, 6-1, on Friday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Glenwood's Caitlyn Fowler picked up the lone win for the Demons, defeating Steamboat's Bailey Moore, who was filling in at No. 3 singles.

"Bailey was down, 1-4, in the second set," Aragon said. "We talked to her and said, 'Get your feet moving, and make this girl beat you.' She did that. I was real pleased."

Steamboat's other two singles players -- Breanne Murray and Lisa Floyd -- had little trouble in their matches. The Sailors' No. 1 and No. 4 doubles teams also won with relative ease.

Other than the match at No. 2 doubles, the next best match of the day came at No. 3 doubles with Steamboat's Kerry Enochs and Cori Evans up against Glenwood's Megan McGarock and Taylor Smith.

"Glenwood has a lot of depth, and they are very well-coached," Aragon said.

Like Timmerman and Salz--geber, Enochs and Evans were told to switch to the Australian doubles style in their first set, in which they came from behind to win. The pair won easily in the second set.

"It totally threw them off," Evans said about the switch to Australian doubles. "They would try to hit crosscourt, but it went right to the person at the net, or they would try to lob it over our heads and hit it out."

Evans said the doubles teams practiced Australian doubles Thursday, but Enochs wasn't there, so she got a crash course Friday.

This is Enochs' and Evans' first year playing together, and they seem to be a great fit.

"We tell each other to move our feet and encourage each other," Enochs said.

Their win, coupled with the other wins they have picked up against regional competition, will help them get a great seed when the regional tournament begins May 5 in Grand Junction.

The top two teams in each bracket advance to the Class 4A State Tennis Championships in Pueblo.

Steamboat hosts Columbine at 11 a.m. today at the Tennis Center. It is the final home match for the Sailors.

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