Tennis squad wraps up league title

Steamboat adult tennis team looks toward district competition

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— A nearly perfect record in league play this season has given a group of tennis players from Steamboat Springs the chance to play for a district title in the Colorado Tennis Association's summer adult league.

"This is the first time any 4.0 team from Steamboat Springs has made it to the district playoffs in Denver," said Becky Lamb, co-captain of the Steamboat team.

The local women's 4.0 tennis team topped the league's Western Slope Division, which included teams from Snowmass, Glenwood Springs, Steamboat and Carbondale. Steamboat finished with a 7-1 record.

The top finish gives the local women an opportunity to compete against other top teams from around the state at the district tournament Monday to Oct. 7 at athletic clubs in Inverness and Monaco.

"This tournament is strictly Colorado," team captain Jan Sullivan said. "We had a great group of women this season and a great team atmosphere."

This year's team included Meg Tully, Amy Hillenbrand, Carol Bender, Tibby Speare, Christina Peters, Elysse Tanner, Sherry Reed, Darby Burger, Lamb and Sullivan.

Steamboat has competed in the league for several seasons, but this year, things seemed to have favored the local team.

"We've had close matches with all the teams in our league the past several years," Tully said. "This year, we had a lot of tie-breakers that went our way. For whatever reason, luck was on our side, and the stars were aligned to make it our year. We are really excited about it, and we hope to do Steamboat proud in Denver."

Steamboat swept the final two matches of the season in Steamboat Springs a week ago to hold off the Glenwood team. The team's only loss this season came against Glenwood Springs, which finished the season in second place at 5-3.

The team will open the round-robin district tournament Monday. Steamboat is scheduled to play one match Monday and two Oct. 6. If the team wins, it will advance to the semifinal and final rounds, which will be played Oct. 7.

- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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