Steamboat tennis team rolls in Wheat Ridge

Sailors blank Farmers, 7-0


Steamboat 7, Wheat Ridge 0

No. 1 singles

Steamboat's Jamey Swiggart def. Brett Kovach, 6-0, 6-0

No. 2 singles

Steamboat's Keegan Burger def. Brian Mulligan, 6-0, 6-1

No. 3 singles

Steamboat's Mirko Erspamer def. Mason Bruce, 6-0, 7-5

No. 1 doubles

Steamboat's Jeff Lambart and Jack Burger def. Eli Montoya and Jay McDonald, 6-4, 6-1

No. 2 doubles

Steamboat's Max Roder and Vladan Chase def. Stan Milow and Peter Eisinger, 6-1, 6-3

No. 3 doubles

Steamboat's Luke Farny and Callum Richman def. Tommy Cauchi and Evan Waring, 6-7, 6-0, 6-1

No. 4 doubles

Steamboat's Kyle Rogers and Gabri Erspamer def. Casey Smith and Eric Nelson, 6-3, 6-1

— The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team had little trouble Wednesday, downing Wheat Ridge, 7-0.

The win put the Sailors record at 4-0.

Steamboat was so dominant, the team dropped only one set all day.

That dropped set, by the No. 3 doubles team of Luke Farny and Callum Richman, did little to set the Sailors back. Farny and Richman bounced back and won the final two sets, 6-0, 6-1.

"They were a team that went three sets," Steamboat coach John Aragon said of the doubles team. "But they really stepped up the play. That was good for that team to be able to do that."

Aragon said it wasn't that Wheat Ridge wasn't a good team, but rather that Steamboat's talent and depth came through.

In addition to all three singles players winning, the other three doubles teams won in straight sets.

Although Steamboat is still perfect on the year, Aragon said there is room for improvement. With a relatively young but experienced team, Aragon said next week should help the team avoid complacency.

"One way to do that is to go out and play better competition," he said.

Steamboat next plays at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday against Air Academy at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

The team then plays in Fruita Monument on Sept. 10, before playing in the two-day Western Slope Open on Sept. 11 and 12 in Grand Junction.

Aragon said all the teams will provide a different sort of competition, with the Western Slope Open providing the Sailors their first look at most of the top teams in the state.

In addition to several top Class 4A teams, the Grand Junction tournament also will feature five of the best Class 5A teams.

There, Aragon said, Steamboat will find out where it stands among the elite and what each player needs to work on as the season moves forward.

"If they keep their level of play and focus and working hard for every point, they'll be right up there," Aragon said. "They're a little young, but they're talented and they like to compete. Each week we've got to work a little harder."


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