Steamboat tennis hoping for playback opportunities

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— The Steamboat Springs High School tennis team had a good morning, but a rough second round at the state tennis tournament in Pueblo left the team hoping to get a chance Friday.

Steamboat didn’t have any of its seven entries advance to Friday’s semifinals, but it still could get several players into the consolation round through playback opportunities.

“We didn’t do that well in the second round, but we have some strong possibilities with playbacks,” Steamboat coach Don Toy said. “We did have some very strong performances today.”

Most of the squad at least has a chance to play again. Steamboat picked up three first-round wins. Gabri Erspamer at No. 2 singles won, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6, against a Mullen player, then lost, 6-3, 6-2, against Discovery Canyon.

Corbin Diehl and Ben Wharton at No. 1 singles won in the first round, 6-3, 6-3, but then lost to a Niwot pair, 7-5, 6-2. Finally Zach Dunklin and Joe Bogoerding at No. 3 singles beat a Fountain Valley team, 6-0, 6-2, but then fell against an Air Academy team, 6-1, 6-1.

Colin Green at No. 1 singles, Stefan Sortland at No. 3 singles, and Quinn Cain and Nick Mathews at No. 2 doubles all lost in the first round, but their opponents advanced to the semifinals. Any entry in the tournament that makes the finals pulls all of the opponents it defeated back into the consolation mix, leaving six of the Sailors' seven squads pulling for the teams that beat them.

Only Matthew White and Aidan Gibbs, the No. 4 doubles squad, won’t have a chance to get back into the action.

“At state the competition steps up and our kids competed well,” Toy said. “We just didn’t win, but we’ll hope for the best.”

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