Steamboat Springs The fatigue of four days of play finally caught up to the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team, but not before the squad recorded a respectable weekend, coach John Aragon said. The Sailors wrapped up their play in the Western Slope Open in Grand Junction on Saturday and notched several top finishes.
The No. 3 doubles team of Callum Richman and Luke Farny led the squad. The pair finished third in the tournament.
"They did play well," Aragon said. "For a young team, they came through in a big tournament."
Jamey Swiggart finished fourth in the No. 1 singles bracket. Aragon said that like a lot of the team, he was close to finishing much higher.
"With Jamey, a few balls made the difference between making the finals and not making the finals," Aragon said. "We started to look at how close all the matches were, and we were really proud of our young men."
No. 2 singles player Keegan Burger was fifth, along with the No. 1 doubles squad of Jack Burger and Jeff Lambart.
The No. 2 doubles team went on to place sixth, but that came without regular player Vladan Chase. Chase sat the weekend out with food poisoning. Lev Tsypen filled in, playing alongside Max Roder and getting his first chance this season at the varsity squad.
The pair couldn't overcome the difficult field, however.
"They could definitely have been one of the finalists if everyone had been healthy," Aragon said. "Looking at the level of play at the No. 2 doubles, they would have been in the hunt."
Steamboat left without an entry making the finals, but Aragon said there still was plenty gained from the trip.
"We had a lot of matches in a row, and our legs were just tired, but this level of competition was just awesome," Aragon said. "There were very few easy rounds. I feel we were a better team when we finished and our kids did very well.
"It was an eye opener to see what we have to do to from here to regionals and state."