Dominant singles play can't notch Sailors tennis win at Lakewood

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— Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis took an early 3-0 lead in Lakewood on Friday night with three straight singles wins, but by the final match of the dual, the Tigers were able to squeak out victory.

The Sailors — playing at Lakewood — rode wins from No. 1 singles Ellie Bender (6-3, 4-6, 6-3), No. 2 singles Kira Lorenzen (6-3, 6-1) and No. 3 singles Maddie Labor (6-4, 5-7, 6-4) into the doubles rounds but ultimately fell, 4-3.

“They had a very deep team,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said about Lakewood. “Our singles probably played the best match from start to finish all season. I’m really pleased with that.”

The doubles matches were dominated by the Tigers, though.

Lakewood opened with a 6-2, 6-2 win in No. 1 doubles against Steamboat’s Hanna Haggarty and Emmie Thopmson. The Tigers then sealed a No. 2 doubles win against Maddie Thompson and Sabina Berend, as well as a No. 3 doubles victory against Shannon Ross and Sydney Boyd.

Lakewood’s 6-0, 5-7 No. 4 doubles win against Emma Wilson and Jessie Selby sunk the Sailors.

“We had opportunities but we weren’t aggressive enough,” Aragon said. “We need to be more assertive. I think we should win a match like that.”

Steamboat’s competition gets another step up Saturday at Ralston Valley, one of the top programs in the state. Matches start at 10:30 a.m.

“It will be great to see if we can step up and let them know we are out to play hard and well,” Aragon said. “If we can go out there and be competitive and work hard for points, I think we can play with them.”

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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