Steamboat Springs No. 2 doubles player Nick Mathews returns a shot during a match against Air Academy on Wednesday afternoon at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. The Sailors fell to the Kadets, 7-0.

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Steamboat Springs No. 2 doubles player Nick Mathews returns a shot during a match against Air Academy on Wednesday afternoon at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. The Sailors fell to the Kadets, 7-0.

Steamboat Springs tennis team drops another match

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Steamboat Springs tennis player Zach Dunklin returns a shot during a match against Air Academy on Wednesday afternoon.

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Steamboat Springs tennis player Gabri Erspamer returns a shot during a match against Air Academy on Wednesday afternoon. The Sailors lost, 7-0.

— The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team struggled again Wednesday, falling to Air Academy, 7-0.

“I say, 'Keep playing.' It’s going to get a little easier as we move on,” Steamboat coach Don Toy said. “The goal has always been regionals. I think we’ll attain that goal.”

Certainly, the schedule has done few favors for an inexperienced Steamboat team. The Sailors have seen four of the pre-eminent teams in the state in their first five matches. Not surprisingly, the team is 1-4.

Air Academy “was just really solid all the way throughout,” Toy said.

Wednesday’s scores reflected that. The Kadets swept the Sailors in all singles and doubles slots. Air Academy did so by not losing a set all day. Steamboat singles players Colin Green, at No. 1 singles, and Corbin Diehl, at No. 3 singles, played the best, with each coming close to a tiebreaker.

“We’re still trying to find kids that can play,” Toy said.

Steamboat has little time to lick its wounds. The team plays at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Grand Junction against Durango. The team then starts the always competitive Western Slope Open on Friday in Grand Junction, where the team will continue to see some of the top teams and players from across the state.

Toy hopes the weekend serves as a building block for the Oct. 4 to 6 regional tournament in Grand Junction.

“It’s the perfect time,” Toy said. “Some kids will have rough competition, but it will be good for us in the long term. I’m a positive person, so I’m always looking at the long term."

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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