Steamboat boys tennis downs Aspen, 5-2

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— So much for rebuilding. 

Without two key figures in Luke Farny and Jamey Swiggart, the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team easily moved through the opening weekend of competition at 3-0.

After two wins Friday, Steamboat cruised past regional foe Aspen on Saturday in Grand Junction, picking up a 5-2 win. 

Steamboat got wins from No. 2 singles player Kyle Rogers and No. 3 singles player Colin Green. 

The No. 1 doubles team of Gabri Erspamer and Erik Sortland, No. 2 doubles team of Corbin Diehl and Stefan Sortland and the No. 3 doubles team of Ben Wharton and Quinn Cain also picked up wins. 

“To have the wins we had and the performance we had while missing two of our key players is pleasing,” coach John Aragon said. “We’ll build on this. When we get Luke and Jamey back, we can really build on this.”

Steamboat entered the season with more questions, than answers. After graduating a slew of players, Steamboat looked to be rebuilding.

But when the team gets back Farny and Swiggart — a real threat for a state title at No. 1 singles — the Sailors shouldn’t be in rebuilding mode.

Instead, the team looks like it is living up to its preseason rank of No. 4 in Class 4A.

The team should get a better look of where it’s actually at in upcoming matches.

Steamboat plays Friday against Boulder and Saturday against Kent Denver. Both matches are at home.

“In 4A, Kent’s definitely a top three team,” Aragon said. “In 5A, Boulder took second last year at state and has a chance to win it this year. They’re two programs that are extremely solid. We’re looking forward to see how we match up with them.”

— To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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