Steamboat tennis sends whole team to state

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— Persistent rain clouds made for two very long days of tennis, but when things were finally over, everything was sunny for the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis squad.

The Sailors won regional championships at four levels and all seven entries qualified for next week’s state tournament in Pueblo.

Steamboat also picked up its 14th consecutive team regional championship.

“To get that team title again, that was good,” Sailors coach John Aragon said. “As a team, we played really solid.”

Sometimes, it didn’t appear too tough. Luke Farny at No. 2 singles, Gabri Erspamer and Eric Sortland at No. 1 doubles, Kyle Rogers and Stefan Sortland at No. 2 doubles and Quinn Cain and Corbin Diehl at No. 3 doubles all won their championship matches in two sets.

It was more complicated for No. 1 singles player Jamey Swiggart, No. 3 singles player Colin Green and the No. 4 doubles team of Karsten Thompson and Ben Wharton, all of whom had to win playback matches to qualify for state. Swiggart and Green fell in three sets in the finals, then had to beat challengers to keep their spots while Thompson and Wharton won two, two-set matches to fight their back into the state tournament picture after falling out Thursday.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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