Steamboat girls tennis garners positive results against stiff competition

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— Playing against one of its strongest and deepest pools of competition to date, the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team made its presence felt at Day 1 of the Grand Junction Tournament on Friday.

Highlighted by the No. 2 doubles team of Sabina Berend and Maddie Thompson — who had a pair of wins and will play in Saturday's semifinals — Steamboat picked up six wins in singles play and eight victories in doubles competition.

“That No. 2 doubles was a big one,” Sailors coach John Aragon said. “Our doubles team went two-for-two and they will play Heritage tomorrow. They beat Columbine and Palmer, two good teams. That was a big plus for us.”

In singles play, Steamboat’s No. 1 senior Ellie Bender picked up a 4-6, 6-3, 10-1 come-from-behind win against Fruita. She followed that up with a 10-2 win against Central.

In No. 2 singles, Kira Lorenzen rebounded from a loss to Pueblo West to snag wins against Heritage and Palmer Ridge.

Aragon highlighted No. 3 singles player Emma Wilson’s work Friday. Wilson, who was filling in for regular No. 3 Maddie Labor, jumped up from junior varsity to grab a 4-6, 7-6, 10-4 win against Grand Junction and another win against Vail Mountain.

Steamboat’s No. 1 doubles team of Hanna Haggarty and Emmie Thompson snagged wins against Central and Durango on Friday. No. 3 doubles team Sydney Boyd and Lily Petersen took down Vail Mountain and Fruita, while No. 4 doubles Shannon Ross and Jessie Selby also had wins against Montrose and Pueblo West.

Tournament play will continue Saturday.

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

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