Steamboat Springs The rust better come off quickly for the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team.
After not playing for two weeks, with spring break thrown in, Steamboat gets back to action today in the competitive Mullen Tournament.
The two-day tournament, which wraps up at noon Friday, brings most of the top Class 4A and 5A teams together.
Among the teams expected at the tournament are Cheyenne Mountain, Regis, Mullen, Greeley West and Kent Denver.
“It’s as tough, if not tougher, than the state tournament,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “There are some very good 5As in there.”
The team also will play at 3 p.m. Friday at Columbine.
The Mullen Tournament and the Columbine match should be good primers for the May 6, 7 and 8 regionals in Grand Junction. Aragon said the team has been practicing outside in preparation for the upcoming tournaments. Although things haven’t been perfect, Aragon said he’s interested in seeing how his team reacts after such a long layoff.
“Not only is this going to be an eye-opener, but we’ll get a good feel of where we are and what are some of the little things to prepare us for the regional and state tournament,” he said. “It’s really going down there and seeing where we’re at.”