Steamboat girls tennis opens season, going 2-2

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team opened the season during the weekend, going 2-2.

Steamboat beat Poudre and Kent Denver, 4-3, while losing to Fossil Ridge and Thompson Valley by the same score.

“Overall, I thought we had a really solid performance from our girls,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “Especially considering them being outside for the first time.”

Steamboat’s top performance came at No. 1 singles with senior Christi Valicenti going 4-0 in her matches.

Summer Smalley and Brooke Metzler at No. 3 doubles had three wins. Ali Diehl and Alli Lowrie at No. 1 doubles and Shealie Jenkins and Kira Lorenzen at No. 2 doubles each had two wins. Ellie Bender at No. 3 singles also had a pair of wins.

“Every one of those programs is solid,” Aragon said. “We battled. We went out and battled with these kids. That’s the thing coach (Don) Toy and I are pleased with was they played hard and didn’t make excuses.”

The team opens at home this weekend.

Steamboat plays at 3 p.m. Friday against Boulder and at 11 a.m. Saturday against Air Academy.

Both matches are at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

“Both teams will again be solid,” Aragon said.

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