Tennis team nets two wins

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— The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team opened the 2007 season with two wins on Saturday, downing Montrose and Durango.

After having its first match with Boulder canceled last week because of weather, Steamboat finally was able to play some tennis in Grand Junction.

"It was exciting, and we played really well as a team," said senior Kristin Toy, who along with partner Molly Weiss finished the day 2-0 in No.1 doubles. "It was definitely good and hopefully we'll continue strong with matches like these."

The only two losses the Sailors suffered all day happened in the No. 1 singles spot, in which they were without top player Lisa Floyd.

Other than that, the Sailors dominated both matches, not losing another set the rest of the day. Steamboat also allowed the opponent to score more than four points in a set only once.

"That was neat," Aragon said. "These kids needed to perform as well as they did as a team. We're real pleased with that."

Aragon said the most interesting match of the day happened in the No. 3 doubles match against Durango. The Steamboat team of Kerry Enochs and Sarah Bearss struggled early on, winning the first set just 7-5. But Aragon said once the two got used to playing with each other, they really started to gel, winning the second set against Durango, 6-4, and easily beating Montrose, 6-2, 6-0.

"They had a slow start, but by the second set, they were really playing well," he said.

Aragon also pointed out the strong play of the Sailors' No. 2 doubles team of Kylee Swiggart and Kirsten Brehmer.

Playing in their first high school matches, the freshmen team of Swiggart and Brehmer lost one game all day.

"They really performed well," Aragon said. "It was a great start to season. The gals all played well, and it was good to get the team together."

Steamboat next plays at home Saturday at noon against Delta and then against Cedaredge at 3 p.m.

The Sailors might schedule a match on Friday, but Aragon said it's too early to tell.

- To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229

or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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