Steamboat girls tennis finishes 5th in Western Slope Open

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team finished fifth in the two-day Western Slope Open tournament in Grand Junction.

The No. 2 doubles team of Shealie Jenkins and Kira Lorenzen was Steamboat’s top finisher in second, just missing out on a championship.

“They remained positive and kept doing what we wanted them to do,” Steamboat coach Don Toy said. “They are only going to get better.”

Steamboat’s No. 1 singles player Christi Valicenti and the No. 1 doubles team of Alli Lowrie and Ali Diehl each finished fourth.

The No. 3 doubles team of Summer Smalley and Brooke Metzler was fifth while No. 3 singles player Ellie Bender was sixth, and No. 2 singles player Rachel Grubbs was seventh.

The No. 4 doubles team of Katie Spencer and Malia Fraioli was eighth.

“It was great competition here and great for us to come out and play it,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “It’s something we needed to do before we head to regionals, and as a team, we see what we need to work on.”

Specifically, Aragon said the team needs to work on its serving and its first-serve percentage.

He said he’s confident the team can get things fixed and finish out the season well.

“We definitely could win another regional title,” he said. “Then, at the state tournament, we could be a team that people will have to take a real good look at.”

Steamboat continues action at 1 p.m. Tuesday at home against the Vail Mountain School.

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