Photo by Joel Reichenberger
Steamboat's Allie Lowrie watches after smacking a return on Friday in a match against Aspen.
Steamboat Springs 7, Aspen 0
No. 1 singles
Steamboat’s Christi Valicenti def. Mimi Rogers, 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 singles
Steamboat’s Rachelle Steele-Cerone def. Maggie Brown, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 singles
Steamboat’s Rachel Grubbs def. Sydney Wells, 6-0, 6-1
No. 1 doubles
Steamboat’s Lauren Siegel and Ali Diehl def. Kayla Hansen and Hannah Feuer, 7-6(5), 6-0
No. 2 doubles
Steamboat’s Kaitie Briesch and Ellie Bender def. Jacqueline Jones and Flynn Holman, 6-3, 6-0
No. 3 doubles
Steamboat’s Brooke Metzler and Alli Lowrie def. Brooke Altman and Liz Seubert, 7-5, 6-0
No. 4 doubles
Steamboat’s Summer Smalley and Maria Hillenbrand def. Dairinn Bowers and Sadie Alpern, 6-2, 6-1
2011 Sailors girls tennis schedule
- March 5: Steamboat 5, Thompson Valley 2
- March 18: Steamboat 5, Boulder 2
- March 19: Steamboat 7, Kent Denver 0
- March 24: Steamboat 4, Durango 3
Western Slope Open
- March 25: Steamboat girls tennis gets big wins at Western Slope Open
- March 26: Steamboat girls tennis wins Western Slope Open
- April 1: Steamboat 2, Fossil Ridge 5
- April 2: Steamboat 5, Poudre 2
- April 8: Steamboat 7, Aspen 0
- April 9: Steamboat 6, Evergreen 1
- April 14: Denver East 5, Steamboat 2
- April 15: Steamboat 1-6
- April 16: Rachelle Steele-Cerone finishes 3rd
- April 30: Steamboat 7, Air Academy 0
- May 5: Steamboat tennis romps in Grand Junction
- May 6: Steamboat girls tennis earns 7th straight regional title
- May 12: Steamboat tennis advances 3 to state semifinals
- May 13: 2 teams advance to final day
- May 14: Parsons picks up 3rd at state tennis
Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis coach Don Toy didn’t seem to have much trouble finding things his team needed to work on. He couldn’t feign disappointment long, however.
The Sailors rolled Friday, trouncing intra-mountain rival Aspen by winning all seven matches in a dual in Steamboat Springs.
The doubles teams could have been a little more consistent. The singles players could have saved a few points. But on Friday, Steamboat was dominant.
“We were happy with the overall score,” Toy said. “The team effort was great. That’s the main thing we were looking for.”
Steamboat returns to action at 8 a.m. today against Evergreen. If the team is as thorough today as it was Friday, that too could be a lopsided outing.
The Sailors beat Aspen without losing a set. Only twice were they forced to go seven games.
The wins were important for several Steamboat players for reasons beyond the obvious.
Rachelle Steele-Cerone at No. 2 singles bounced back from a wrist injury for a 6-2, 6-2 victory. She sustained the injury two weeks ago in a tournament in Grand Junction and then aggravated it last weekend, when the pain caused her to retire from a match.
She took most of the week off from practice, however, and was back in action, looking sharp Friday.
“It was great to be back,” Steele-Cerone said. “Overall, I’m very happy. I was moving my feet, staying focused on every single ball I hit and not getting too far ahead of myself.”
Rachel Grubbs at No. 3 singles also won comfortably, downing her opponent, 6-0, 6-1. Grubbs has spent the entire season playing doubles, but got bumped up to singles because the usual No. 3 singles player, Claire Parsons, was out of town.
“I was placing the ball and cross-courting it because she couldn’t get to it,” said Grubbs, who will get another crack at singles tennis today. “It was really fun. It was good experience.”
No. 1 singles player Christi Valicenti got things started with a nearly mistake-free 6-0, 6-1 victory.
The No. 4 doubles team of Summer Smalley and Maria Hillenbrand was efficient with a 6-2, 6-1 victory, and Kaitie Briesch and Ellie Bender were quick to win, 6-3, 6-0.
Only the No. 1 doubles squad of Lauren Siegel and Ali Diehl and the No. 3 team of Brooke Metzler and Alli Lowrie had any trouble.
Siegel and Diehl won a tight first-set tiebreaker, and Metzler and Lowrie escaped their first set, 7-5.
Both were much better in their second sets, each winning 6-0.
“They had tight sets, but they turned it around in a second,” Toy said. “There was a shift there that was very positive for us. I’m proud of our team that way.”
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