Steamboat tennis takes 6th at Western Slope Open

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2010 Sailors boys tennis schedule

— The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team wrapped up the two-day Western Slope Open in Grand Junction on Saturday by putting all of its singles and doubles players in the top eight.

As a team, Steamboat finished sixth out of 16 teams.

“We really had a good showing considering where our team is at,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “We talked at the end, and from the start of this tournament to the end, we’re better.”

Steamboat’s No. 1 player, Keegan Burger, lost in the championship match to Grand Junction’s Spencer Weinberg, 6-2, 6-1, putting him at No. 2.

Aragon said Burger wasn’t as sharp as he was Friday, when he won an epic three-set match.

“Hopefully, it’s a learning situation,” Aragon said. “Hopefully, he takes something away from that match.”

At No. 2 singles, Mirko Erspamer finished eighth. Jack Burger at No. 3 singles and Kyle Rogers and Luke Farny at No. 1 doubles finished fifth.

The No. 2 doubles team of Gabri Erspamer and Colin Green, the No. 3 doubles team of Erik Owen and Stefan Sortland, and the No. 4 doubles team of Lev Tsypin and Corbin Diehl all finished in sixth place.

“Overall, the tournament was really good for us,” Aragon said. “That’s a good showing for us. Coach (Don) Toy and myself are pleased with where we’re at.”

The team next plays at 4 p.m. Friday at Niwot and then at 9 a.m. Saturday at Fossil Ridge.

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