Steamboat Springs tennis team splits pair of matches Saturday

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team split a pair of matches Saturday in Fort Collins.

In the morning, Steamboat lost to Fossil Ridge, 6-1, before picking up a 6-1 win in the afternoon against Thompson Valley.

Against Fossil Ridge, Steamboat No. 2 singles player Ellie Bender continued her strong start to the season, winning in three sets.

Fossil Ridge has “played a little more tennis and is a little more experienced,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “But the effort on our end was good.”

In the afternoon, Steamboat was much sharper.

Rachel Grubbs, at No. 1 singles, and Kira Lorenzen, at No. 3 singles, each picked up wins.

“It was a really short match,” Grubbs said. “I played the ball where I wanted to and placed it where I wanted to. I gained a lot of confidence in that match.”

The No. 1 doubles team of Katie Spencer and Shealie Jenkins, No. 2 doubles team of Brooke Metzler and Maddie Labor, No. 3 doubles team of Malia Fraioli and Hanna Haggarty and the No. 4 doubles team of Sydney Boyd and Sabina Berend all picked up wins.

“We have to focus on things we can control,” Aragon said. “When the opportunity arises, we have to close it out. When we set up a point, go and close it. Don’t play safe. Finish the point out. That will really help us going forward.”

Steamboat next plays at 3 p.m. Friday at home against Aspen.

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

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