SSHS boys tennis tops Evergreen, 6-1

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Tennis wins opener against Evergreen

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis kicked off its season with a convincing 6-1 defeat of Evergreen on Friday.

The Steamboat Springs High School tennis kicked off its season with a convincing 6-1 defeat of Evergreen on Friday.

A signature of the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team this season appears to be its depth.

Judging by Friday's season-opening 6-1 win against Evergreen, the hardest part for coach John Aragon might be deciding which players he wants in each position.

Despite having several freshmen and first-time varsity players dotting the roster, Steamboat cruised through Friday's match with little effort.

"The opener, there is always nerves that go on," Aragon said. "They've been battling and challenging each other the whole time, so it's nice to play someone different."

Jamey Swiggart and Mirko Erspamer won at singles, and all four of Steamboat's doubles teams won, highlighted by several first-time varsity players.

Callum Richman and Luke Farny, playing at No. 3 doubles, and Gabri Erspamer, playing at No. 4 doubles, all got their first experiences on the varsity team.

"I was a little bit nervous," said Erspamer, who played with varsity letterman Kyle Rogers. "I think I handled my nerves fairly well. I talked to myself and knew it wasn't too big of a deal. I thought it played out fairly well."

Richman and Farny played the best match of the day. Although the two had played together only twice previously, by the time the third set hit, they looked like seasoned veterans.

The team won the first set, 6-2, before dropping the second set, 6-2. Despite momentum seemingly being with Evergreen's Seth Purkey and Jack Staebel, Richman and Farny bounced back to take the deciding set, 6-3.

"I guess we got a little overconfident," Callum said. "Once we started losing a few points, we got a little nervous. But we wanted to win."

Steamboat should face a tougher test today when the team plays a pair of matches. Steamboat plays Ponderosa at 8:30 a.m. and Colorado Academy at 12:30 p.m. Both matches are at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

Ponderosa is a Class 5A school and has played Steamboat in the past, while against Colorado Academy is a team on the rise.

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