Sailors girls in 3rd after day one

Team competing in Western Slope tourney

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— The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team is in third place after one day of the Western Slope Tournament in Grand Junction, with two singles players and two doubles teams advancing into today's finals.

No. 2 singles player Shelby Reed and No. 3 singles player Molly Weiss advanced to the finals, as did the No. 3 doubles team of Alexis and Valerie Lezin and the No. 4 doubles team of Kaitie Breisch and Claire Parsons.

Chatfield and Greeley West are leading the tournament with 210 points. Steamboat Springs High School is in third with 187 points. Perennial champion Cherry Creek was unable to make the tournament because the school is currently on spring break.

"It was a very good showing," Steamboat coach John Aragon said. "We had some great matches. Overall it's just a really solid team effort. It's good to see these girls come out and play."

Top singles player Lisa Floyd and the No. 1 doubles team of Kylee Swiggart and Sara Bears are in the finals of the play-back matches, battling for third and fourth place.

The No. 2 doubles team of Mandy Thielmann and Hayley Richman playing is for fifth place.

The two singles players and two doubles teams that made it to today's finals all won their semifinals matches in straight sets, with the highlight being Weiss' 6-4, 7-5 win against Chatfield's Ashley Sanders.

Weiss and Sanders have been playing against each other in tournaments since they were young.

"It always goes to the wire with those two," Aragon said. "Molly stayed really, really focused and was able to put the match away."

The tournament was Steamboat's second time playing outside, after the team beat Fruita-Monument on Thursday evening, 7-0.

Aragon said he was happy with the way the Sailors were able to adjust to the conditions of playing outside in Grand Junction, where wind has been a factor.

"We've been very pleased with the adjustments made in the wind and the focus to get these wins.," Aragon said. "It wasn't as windy (Friday), but we were extremely pleased with the way they played."

Aragon said going into today's action - which begins at 8 a.m. - he's hoping Steamboat can pick up wins across the board and get into position to pick up the win in the tournament. He said without Cherry Creek there, winning has been Steamboat's goal from the outset.

"We're close. Hopefully, (today) we can help ourselves out," Aragon said. "But overall, I'm real pleased with the team play and the efforts these ladies put forth."

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