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Steamboat boys tennis loses at home

Evergreen wins, 4-3, against Steamboat boys team Saturday

Luke Graham

— The Evergreen High School boys tennis team used the strength of four doubles wins to sneak away with a 4-3 win against Steamboat Springs on Saturday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

It was a rare home loss for Steamboat, which still is playing with a mostly inexperienced group.

Steamboat's three singles players, however, all looked good and picked up wins. Those wins included Keegan Burger at No. 1 singles, Mirko Erspamer at No. 2 and Jack Burger at No. 3.

Keegan Burger beat Nate Chart, 6-3, 6-2, in a quick match. After struggling Friday against Aspenby losing two sets, Erspa­­­­mer turned things around, downing Stephen Hardy, 7-5, 6-2.

"I let him get angry," Erspamer said. "When you get angry it makes it harder on yourself. In the second set I stayed in rhythm and let him get mad."

Jack Burger lost the first set to Matt Golub, 6-1, struggling with double faults.

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But after an adjustment and working to hit under the ball, Jack Burger started to get the ball in play more and made quick work of Golub, finishing off the last two sets, 6-0, 6-2.

"That first set I played very poorly," Jack Burger said. "I couldn't hit anything in. (Coach) Don (Toy) gave me some tips and I started to get more balls in play. That's when I started to win points."

Although Steamboat didn't pick up a doubles win, the young players on the team certainly looked more confident than they did Friday against Aspen.

The No. 3 doubles team of Kyle Rogers and Ben Siegel and the No. 4 doubles team of Quinn Cain and Corbin Diehl each lost in three sets but had opportunities to walk away with a win.

Whereas Friday's matches against Aspen involved a lot of double faults, Saturday's match was just good tennis.

"It was night and day," Toy said. "I was really proud of them and how they played. They fought until the end and put the ball in play. They didn't double fault and competed really well. That was superb."

Steamboat next plays at 2 p.m. Friday at home against Boulder.


Evergreen 4, Steamboat 3

■ No. 1 singles

Steamboat’s Keegan Burger def. Nate Chart, 6-3, 6-2

■ No. 2 singles

Steamboat’s Mirko Erspamer def. Stephen Hardy, 7-5, 6-2

■ No. 3 singles

Steamboat’s Jack Burger def. Matt Golub, 1-6, 6-0, 6-2

■ No. 1 doubles

Evergreen’s Jack Staebell and Seth Purkey def. Karsten Thompson and Jack Massey, 6-0, 6-1.

■ No. 2 doubles

Evergreen’s Cameron Sadler and Adam Wildenberg def. Gabri Erspamer and Erik Owen, 7-5, 7-5

■ No. 3 doubles

Evergreen’s Brad Linsey and Steve Jensen def. Kyle Rogers and Ben Siegel, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

■ No. 4 doubles

Evergreen’s Graham Stone and Paul Clancey def. Quinn Cain and Corbin Diehl, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6

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