Steamboat girls tennis earns 7th straight regional title
Sailors qualify for state after wrapping up another regional win
May 6, 2011
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team clenched its seventh straight regional title Friday.
All 11 girls who played Friday at the regional tournament in Grand Junction will advance to state.
"Our girls are really excited to go to the tournament," Steamboat coach John Aragon said.
Steamboat had only one loss Friday, but that match was possibly the highlight of Friday's play.
No. 1 singles player Christi Valicenti lost her first match, 6-3, 7-5, to a top-five player from Durango.
"It was just a great mach to watch," Aragon said.
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Valicenti went on to win her second match, 6-0, 6-2, to clench her spot at state.
No. 2 singles player Rachelle Steele-Cerone beat Aspen, 6-0, 6-0.
"She had an incredible tournament," Aragon said. "She played the best tennis all season in this tournament."
Steamboat's No. 3 singles player Claire Parsons also swept her match against Glenwood Springs, 6-0, 6-0.
The Sailors' doubles teams dominated Friday, as well.
Steamboat's top doubles team of Lauren Siegel and Ali Diehl played Cortez and won, 6-2, 6-4.
The No. 2 doubles team of Ellie Bender and Kaitie Breisch won, 6-4, 6-2.
Steamboat continued to show their presence with the No. 3 doubles team of Alli Lowrie and Rachel Grubbs, who beat Durango, 6-2, 6-2.
Finally, the No. 4 doubles team of Summer Smalley and Maria Hillenbrand topped Aspen, 6-2, 6-3.
All 11 of the girls will find out who they play at the state tournament Monday.
Aragon said once they know who they are playing, they will begin practicing to target each competitor's style of play.
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