Sailors girls tennis finishes 5th at Grand Junction Tourney

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— All things considered — the time of season and fielding a slightly shorthanded squad — Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis coach John Aragon was pleased with his Sailors’ performance at the Grand Junction Tournament, which concluded Saturday.

As a team, Steamboat finished tied for fifth with 121 points, behind first-place Ralston Valley, second-place Denver East, third-place Chatfield and fourth-place Heritage.

“Out of fifteen teams — and there were a few 5A schools — it was a good finish,” Aragon said. “We would have liked to have finished higher, but we played well given where we are in the season.”

The Sailors were again led by their No. 2 doubles squad of Sidney Boyd and Maddie Thompson, who finished fourth despite a pair of losses to Heritage and Ralston Valley.

The No. 1 doubles team of Hanna Haggarty and Emmie Thompson were downed by Chatfield, 10-3. Steamboat’s No. 4 doubles team of Jessica Ross and Lily Petersen fell to Columbine, 8-5.

In singles play, No. 1 Sailor Ellie Bender dropped a 10-8 match against Pueblo West. No. 2 singles player Kira Lorenzen beat Fruita, 8-5, to take fifth place overall in the tournament.

Steamboat again will see a step up in competition when it takes the court at Fossil Ridge on Friday, Aragon said.

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

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