Steamboat tennis puts 3 through to semifinals

Sailors advance 2 singles, 1 doubles team to semifinals

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— Locally, most tennis players have known Jamey Swiggart’s game for years. 

If others across the state hadn’t respected his game to this point, Swiggart all but made people take notice Friday at the opening day of the Western Slope Open in Grand Junction. 

Swiggart, playing at No. 1 singles, beat defending Class 5A state champion Spencer Weinberg, 6-2, 6-2, to advance to Saturday’s semifinals. 

“The win Jamey had (Friday) was huge,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “He beat him up. He quickly became the talk of the tournament.” 

Swiggart led a Steamboat team that advanced two of its singles players and one doubles team into Saturday’s semifinals. 

Along with Swiggart, No. 3 singles player Colin Green advanced as did the No. 1 doubles team of Gabri Erspamer and Erik Sortland. 

“Overall, they played and matched up well,” Aragon said. “Some of these guys had some tough draws.” 

Luke Farny at No. 2 singles, the No. 2 doubles team of Corbin Diehl and Kyle Rogers, the No. 3 doubles team of Stefan Sortland and Quinn Cain and the No. 4 doubles team of Ben Wharton and Nick Matthews all lost a match Friday and are in Saturday’s playback round.

“The thing I stressed all day was to compete,” coach Don Toy said. “I think we’ll play well Saturday at all spots. It’s just all part of the learning experience.”

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