Athlete of the Week: Ellie Bender
April 10, 2013
Steamboat Springs — School: Steamboat Springs High School
Height: 5 feet, 9 inches
Why: Bender went 3-0 during the weekend at No. 2 singles. On Saturday, she won a pair of three set matches against players from Fruita and Air Academy.
Quotable: "She, for one, is a very athletic person. God blessed her with athletic genes. She's at a point right now where she's playing with a purpose. She wants to win. It was evident Saturday. No matter how tired she was, she continued to push herself." — Steamboat coach John Aragon