Steamboat Springs It was all business for the members of the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team on the opening day of the regional tennis tournament in Grand Junction.
The Sailors advanced to the finals in six of the seven spots and have secured the regional title for a second straight year. Steamboat has 63 team points. Second place Montrose has 46 and would fall one point short of catching the Sailors if they won every match Friday and the Sailors lost across the board.
"All three of our singles players really stepped it up and played big," Steamboat coach John Aragon said. "Our doubles players were also very focused, and I'm very pleased with the way the girls played."
Steamboat junior Breanne Murray cruised past Cedar edge's Kelsi Anderson and Delta's Annie Chastain in the first two rounds. She will face Montrose's Meredith Brown for the regional title today.
Her teammate, sophomore Lisa Floyd, followed suit in the No. 2 singles position. Floyd topped Cortez's Mary Retillo in the first round and Glenwood's Roni St. Pierre in the second. She will face Montrose's Lesly Rivera today for the title.
Shelby Reed represented the Sailors in the No. 3 singles spot with a strong showing. The freshman beat players from Montrose and Cortez on the opening day. She is scheduled to face Aspen's Jordan Mayer in the finals today.
Steamboat also dominated doubles play. Steamboat's Molly Weiss and Kristin Toy will play for the title at No. 1 doubles. Rebecca Timmerman and Anya Salzgeber will play for the title at No. 2 doubles, and Tara King and Heidi Hillenbrand will play for the title at No. 4 doubles.
Steamboat's No. 3 doubles team, Kerry Enochs and Cori Evans, will play for third place in today's matches. The team lost its opening match to Glenwood but battled back, beating Hotchkiss in the playback bracket.
The Sailors will play Montrose today for third and fourth place. If Steamboat and Glenwood win, the Sailors will play Cortez for a state tournament berth.