Tennis squad falls 4-3 in tight dual

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— The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team lost, 4-3, on the road Saturday against Ralston Valley, but in that score, coach John Aragon said he saw his team’s strongest, most complete effort of the season.

The teams played a total of six tiebreakers — gritty matches that left the players exhausted but their coach inspired.

“It was by far our most competitive match, and against a really good team,” Aragon said. “There were no breaks. Everyone gave it their heart and soul, and it was pretty impressive.”

Steamboat got one win on the doubles side, from the No. 1 team of Emmie Thompson and Maddie Thompson. They got the victory in three sets, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

Maddie Labor won at No. 3 singles, 7-6(9), 6-4, and Kira Lorenzen won at No. 2 singles, 6-7(4), 7-6(2), 10-6.

Lorenzen’s match dragged on for three hours before the end of the second set, and Aragon said her opponent was battling such serious blisters that she insisted on playing a super tiebreaker instead of a full third set. Lorenzen reluctantly agreed and won.

“Kira from the start to the finish worked hard for everything,” Aragon said. “I was really proud of the way she hit shots to win points instead of hoping the other girl would make a mistake.”

Steamboat also got competitive matches from Ellie Bender, who lost at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-3; the No. 2 doubles team of Lily Petersen and Mariah Hoots, who lost, 6-1, 6-2; Sabina Berend and Shannon Ross, who lost at No. 3 doubles, 7-6(6), 7-6(5); and Jessie Selby and Emma Wilson, who fell, 7-6, 6-2, at No. 4 doubles

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