Steamboat tennis falls at Fruita, 4-3

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The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team took the court Saturday without two of its regular singles players, and it couldn’t climb out of that hole. It fell, 4-3, against Fruita-Monument.

The Sailors got wins from Kira Lorenzen at No. 2 singles, Sabina Berend and Maddie Thompson at No. 2 doubles and Sydney Boyd and Lily Petersen at No. 3 doubles.

The team was without No. 1 singles player Ellie Bender for the second consecutive match and had to take a forfeit at that position. Bender was forced to miss the weekend’s competitions because of paperwork issues with CHSAA.

Lorenzen won, 6-2, 6-0, while the No. 2 doubles team got the victory, 7-5, 6-1, and the No. 3 doubles squad won in a thrilling match, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

“A big win for us was at No. 2 doubles,” coach John Aragon said. “They had really solid opponents, and they battled all the way through. That’s the kind of tennis we want to see early, and it will really help them down the road.”

Kelly Limbers, filling in for a sick Maddie Labor, lost at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 6-0. Hanna Haggarty and Emmie Thompson lost at No. 1 doubles, 2-6, 6-1, and Shannon Ross and Jessie Selby lost at No. 4 doubles, 6-4, 6-3.

“Fruita has a lot of depth and played really solid tennis,” Aragon said. “We were glad we could compete with that, but I wish we could have played with our whole team.”

The Sailors get their chance again next weekend in a tournament at Grand Junction. The team first plays Thursday on the road against Durango.

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

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