Steamboat tennis faces delays at regionals

Despite rain issues, team places 3 singles, 2 doubles in finals

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— With Class 5A and 4A regionals occurring simultaneously, and afternoon rain showers delaying play in Grand Junction, the Steamboat Springs High School tennis team remains in a great position to win its 13th straight regional title.

Steamboat’s singles players Kee­gan Burger, Mirko Erspamer and Jack Burger won in straight sets Thursday to advance to today’s finals.

The No. 1 doubles team of Kyle Rogers and Luke Farny and the No. 2 doubles team of Colin Green and Gabri Erspamer also won in straight sets, advancing to the finals.

Steamboat’s No. 3 doubles team of Erik Owen and Stefan Sortland and the No. 4 doubles team of Corbin Diehl and Lev Tsypin had their semifinal matches postponed to today because of the weather.

Owen and Sortland are two points away from locking up a trip to the finals, and Diehl and Tsypin are in a third set match, down 5-2 to a team from Montrose.

Those matches will resume at 6:45 a.m. today. The singles finals start at 9 a.m., and the doubles finals begin at 10:30 a.m.

“We had some early matches and then we had to wait around all day,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “But I was impressed. They supported their teammates, and they managed their time well.”

Looking ahead to today’s finals, Aragon said it should be a battle for Steamboat to continue its regional dominance. In addition to the strong players and teams from Aspen and Montrose, Cortez has shown the ability to score points.

Aragon said the key to Steamboat’s winning another regional title might be getting the No. 3 and 4 doubles teams into the finals. If Steamboat can do that, the team will have a great shot at winning.

“It’s all about team points,” Aragon said. “We have to get those kids in the finals. Not only does that add to the team points, but it gives you a little breathing room. It’s been a good tournament so far; I’d just like to see them in the finals.”

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