Steamboat Springs There may have been some doubt earlier in the year when the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team had to juggle a young roster and the results just weren’t there.
But by about noon Friday in Grand Junction, the Sailors had done what they always do at the regional tournament: win.
Steamboat qualified all of its singles players and three doubles teams for the state tournament Oct. 14 through 16 in Pueblo, ending Friday’s play with a 13th consecutive regional title. Steamboat finished with 79 points, Aspen was second with 51, and Montrose was third with 35.
“That’s 13,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “It looked a lot easier than it was. There was some great tennis out there. As a team, we played the best tennis we have played in a long time.”
All of Steamboat’s singles players won: Keegan Burger, Mirko Erspamer and Jack Burger. Keegan Burger won his championship match in three sets, and Mirko Erspamer beat a player from Aspen he had lost to twice earlier in the season.
The No. 1 doubles team of Kyle Rogers and Luke Farny, the No. 2 doubles team of Colin Green and Gabri Erspamer and the No. 3 doubles team of Erik Owen and Stefan Sortland won their championship matches in straight sets.
The No. 4 doubles team of Corbin Diehl and Lev Tsypin lost to Montrose in the semifinals and couldn’t make it through the playback round.
“We had one match point on our racket, and it didn’t happen,” Aragon said about Diehl and Tsypin’s playback match. “As far as staying competitive, it was all there. On this day, it just didn’t happen.”
Steamboat now prepares for the state tournament, where the team previously had set a goal of finishing in the top five.
Aragon said the team’s tough schedule throughout the season helped it at regionals and will no doubt prepare it for the state tournament.
“Looking at these guys and the way they are playing, they are going to battle for it,” he said. “As a team, they’ve come a long way. They’re all excited and looking forward to it.”
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