Steamboat Springs girls tennis team sees varied results Thursday

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— Inclement weather certainly has filled the role of joker this spring. Perhaps even a jester would blush at what Colorado high school sports has endured this wonderful, often gray, sometimes snowy spring that was touched by intermittent bouts of rain and, of course, some of that glorious sunshine.

Mother Nature’s long arm and delicate fingers even reached the tennis world Thursday. The opening round of the Class 4A state tennis championships in Pueblo was postponed from a 9 a.m. to a 4 p.m. start Thursday. The typically two-round opening day was limited to one round and one late night.

“We were on the court this morning at 7 a.m.,” coach John Aragon said. “And we just got back a little after 10 p.m. But it was great. We really have never played under the lights outdoors. That was a great opportunity to do that.”

Steamboat had varied results Thursday.

No. 1 singles player Rachel Grubbs and No. 3 singles player Kira Lorenzen each advanced. The No. 2 doubles team of Brooke Metzler and Maddie Labor and the No. 4 doubles team of Sydney Boyd and Sabina Berend also advanced.

Steamboat’s No. 2 singles player, Ellie Bender, was pushed to three sets and eventually lost in a three-plus hour match.

“Overall, we had a decent day,” Aragon said. “I really felt that we could have had at least everybody get through this first round.”

Action is scheduled to continue at 9 a.m. Friday.

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

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