Sailors get a sweep in tennis season opener

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— The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team opened its season Thursday afternoon with a trip to Montrose, and as the Sailors came off the courts, coach Don Toy had a message for his squad.

They won’t all be this easy.

Steamboat rolled in its season opener, winning all six contested matches and the seventh, the No. 4 doubles match, via forfeit.

In those matches, the Sailors never were challenged. Steamboat won at each level in the minimum two sets and actually only lost six total games.

That was great, Toy said, but the squad will face a much more difficult challenge — or three, as the case may be — on Friday as it continues its road trip with duals against Smoky Hill, Grand Junction and Fruita Monument, all in Grand Junction.

“We have to step up tomorrow,” Toy said. “Montrose was a young, young team.”

Troy De Jong led the Sailors, playing at No. 1 singles and earning a 6-1, 6-0 win. Britt Walton, switching over from the school’s golf squad for the day, won, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. Charlie Smith won, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3 singles.

On the doubles side, the No. 1 team of Matthew White and Joe Borgerding won, 6-2, 6-0. The No. 2 team of Nick Mathews and Nolan Connell won, 6-1, 6-1, and the No. 3 team of Max Lynch and Jack Bender won, 6-1, 6-1.

“I liked the people who were active with their feet, even though they were playing inferior opponents,” Toy said. “The top guys, the single players, all worked on different goals besides winning, such as hitting deep balls, a slice or serving better. The games were never in doubt, so you should always work on something."

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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