Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon was originally planning a varsity 2 match for his team's meeting with Eagle-Vail on Tuesday. But when he realized he could schedule a tenth league match against a competitive opponent, he made the quick call to have his varsity squad take on Eagle-Vail.
"It's the best team we've played so far," Aragon said. "The score doesn't really indicate that, but they were solid - a top-three regional team for sure."
Steamboat won all seven of its matches to put it at an undefeated 5-0 on the season. The varsity 2 team went 7-0 on the day as well.
Aragon highlighted the most competitive play at the No.1 and 2 singles spots, where Eagle-Vail brought a pair of "solid tournament players."
Steamboat's No. 1 and 2 singles players, Lisa Floyd and Breanne Murray, also came to play, defeating their opponents, 6-2, 6-1, and 6-3, 6-3, respectively.
"They mixed their games up and won the big points and that's what they'll have to do from here out," Aragon said.
Sara Handing had a standout performance at the No. 3 singles spot, filling in for Shelby Reed and defeating her opponent 10-7 in a super tie-breaker.
"Athletically, she just wore her out," Aragon said of Handing. "It was a great win and great to see her compete for her team."
Steamboat will be at home for its next match, at 4 p.m. Tuesday against Aspen.