Sports briefs for Sept. 27


Volleyball scores win at Delta

The Steamboat Springs High School volleyball team overcame an error-filled game Friday to beat Delta, 25-22, 16-25, 26-24, 25-22.

"It was a battle," Steamboat coach Wendy Hall said. "We had way too many hitting errors. We had 28 hitting errors. That's just like double what it should be."

Because of sickness and injury, Hall said the Sailors haven't been able to have a full practice in a couple of weeks.

That, in addition to not having played in almost a full week, and Hall said Steamboat looked a little rusty.

"The other part of that is Delta played tough" Thursday, Hall said. "They really did. Give them some credit making things difficult on us."

Despite the win, Hall said Steamboat (7-3 overall, 4-2 in league play) has to play better when the team travels today to Palisade.

She said the Sailors have to limit their hitting errors and play more consistent.

"It's good to get out of there with a win," Hall said. "We need to focus on (today). We have to play better" today.

Steamboat tennis falls to Kent Denver

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team ran into what Sailors coach John Aragon thinks might be the best tennis team in the state Friday.

Steamboat - just two weeks away from hosting the regional tournament - lost, 7-0, to Kent Denver.

"It's definitely good to see this level of play," Aragon said. "Right now, if I had to pick a team that's the best in the state it's Kent or Regis. Those two programs are solid. But it's great for us. I did find some weaknesses in Kent, so hopefully, we get to see them in the state tournament, and hopefully, that's in the finals."

Kent Denver beat traditional powerhouse Cheyenne Mountain, 7-0, earlier in the season and also beat Class 5A favorite Cherry Creek, 4-3.

Aragon said all the Sailors battled but that the No. 3 doubles team of Zach Valicenti and Ben Paley and the No. 4 doubles team of Vladen Chase and Erik Sortland may have had the best days.

Both teams played hard, but they weren't able to make the shots when they needed them. For Valicenti and Paley, it was their first loss of the year.

Steamboat continues play today when the team travels to play Colorado Academy and Cheyenne Mountain.

Aragon said both are very good teams and that Steamboat will need to be in top form to have a chance.

"We need to see this type of tennis," Aragon said. "Our kids are going to be in a battle. They'll learn a lot. The biggest thing I care about is once we compete that we leave it all on the court."


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