The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team won the regional tournament in Grand Junction on Friday. The team is, back row from left, coach Don Toy, Ali Diehl, Summer Smalley, Alli Lowrie, Rachel Grubbs, Christi Valicenti, Ellie Bender and coach John Aragon; and front row from left, Kaitie Breisch, Maria Hillenbrand, Claire Parsons, Lauren Siegel and Rachelle Steele-Cerone.

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The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team won the regional tournament in Grand Junction on Friday. The team is, back row from left, coach Don Toy, Ali Diehl, Summer Smalley, Alli Lowrie, Rachel Grubbs, Christi Valicenti, Ellie Bender and coach John Aragon; and front row from left, Kaitie Breisch, Maria Hillenbrand, Claire Parsons, Lauren Siegel and Rachelle Steele-Cerone.

Steamboat girls tennis earns 7th straight regional title

Sailors qualify for state after wrapping up another regional win

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team clenched its seventh straight regional title Friday.

All 11 girls who played Friday at the regional tournament in Grand Junction will advance to state.

“Our girls are really excited to go to the tournament,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said.

Steamboat had only one loss Friday, but that match was possibly the highlight of Friday’s play.

No. 1 singles player Christi Valicenti lost her first match, 6-3, 7-5, to a top-five player from Durango.

“It was just a great mach to watch,” Aragon said.

Valicenti went on to win her second match, 6-0, 6-2, to clench her spot at state.

No. 2 singles player Rachelle Steele-Cerone beat Aspen, 6-0, 6-0.

“She had an incredible tournament,” Aragon said. “She played the best tennis all season in this tournament.”

Steamboat’s No. 3 singles player Claire Parsons also swept her match against Glenwood Springs, 6-0, 6-0.

The Sailors’ doubles teams dominated Friday, as well.

Steamboat’s top doubles team of Lauren Siegel and Ali Diehl played Cortez and won, 6-2, 6-4.

The No. 2 doubles team of Ellie Bender and Kaitie Breisch won, 6-4, 6-2.

Steamboat continued to show their presence with the No. 3 doubles team of Alli Lowrie and Rachel Grubbs, who beat Durango, 6-2, 6-2.

Finally, the No. 4 doubles team of Summer Smalley and Maria Hillenbrand topped Aspen, 6-2, 6-3.

All 11 of the girls will find out who they play at the state tournament Monday.

Aragon said once they know who they are playing, they will begin practicing to target each competitor’s style of play.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

Scott Wedel 3 years, 3 months ago

Matt, Why is it that players from Steamboat have names ("No. 3 doubles team of Alli Lowrie and Rachel Grubbs") while their opponents go nameless ("Durango")? Surely, we can respect their opponents by acknowledging their names.

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