Steamboat girls tennis powers past Aspen, 7-0 |

Steamboat girls tennis powers past Aspen, 7-0

Sailors powers past Skiers with 7-0 sweep

— Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis coach Don Toy didn't seem to have much trouble finding things his team needed to work on. He couldn't feign disappointment long, however.

The Sailors rolled Friday, trouncing intra-mountain rival Aspen by winning all seven matches in a dual in Steamboat Springs.

The doubles teams could have been a little more consistent. The singles players could have saved a few points. But on Friday, Steamboat was dominant.

"We were happy with the overall score," Toy said. "The team effort was great. That's the main thing we were looking for."

Steamboat returns to action at 8 a.m. today against Evergreen. If the team is as thorough today as it was Friday, that too could be a lopsided outing.

The Sailors beat Aspen without losing a set. Only twice were they forced to go seven games.

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The wins were important for several Steamboat players for reasons beyond the obvious.

Rachelle Steele-Cerone at No. 2 singles bounced back from a wrist injury for a 6-2, 6-2 victory. She sustained the injury two weeks ago in a tournament in Grand Junction and then aggravated it last weekend, when the pain caused her to retire from a match.

She took most of the week off from practice, however, and was back in action, looking sharp Friday.

"It was great to be back," Steele-Cerone said. "Overall, I'm very happy. I was moving my feet, staying focused on every single ball I hit and not getting too far ahead of myself."

Rachel Grubbs at No. 3 singles also won comfortably, downing her opponent, 6-0, 6-1. Grubbs has spent the entire season playing doubles, but got bumped up to singles because the usual No. 3 singles player, Claire Parsons, was out of town.

"I was placing the ball and cross-courting it because she couldn't get to it," said Grubbs, who will get another crack at singles tennis today. "It was really fun. It was good experience."

No. 1 singles player Christi Valicenti got things started with a nearly mistake-free 6-0, 6-1 victory.

The No. 4 doubles team of Summer Smalley and Maria Hillenbrand was efficient with a 6-2, 6-1 victory, and Kaitie Briesch and Ellie Bender were quick to win, 6-3, 6-0.

Only the No. 1 doubles squad of Lauren Siegel and Ali Diehl and the No. 3 team of Brooke Metzler and Alli Lowrie had any trouble.

Siegel and Diehl won a tight first-set tiebreaker, and Metzler and Lowrie escaped their first set, 7-5.

Both were much better in their second sets, each winning 6-0.

"They had tight sets, but they turned it around in a second," Toy said. "There was a shift there that was very positive for us. I'm proud of our team that way."

— To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email

Steamboat Springs 7, Aspen 0

No. 1 singles

Steamboat’s Christi Valicenti def. Mimi Rogers, 6-0, 6-1

No. 2 singles

Steamboat’s Rachelle Steele-Cerone def. Maggie Brown, 6-2, 6-2

No. 3 singles

Steamboat’s Rachel Grubbs def. Sydney Wells, 6-0, 6-1

No. 1 doubles

Steamboat’s Lauren Siegel and Ali Diehl def. Kayla Hansen and Hannah Feuer, 7-6(5), 6-0

No. 2 doubles

Steamboat’s Kaitie Briesch and Ellie Bender def. Jacqueline Jones and Flynn Holman, 6-3, 6-0

No. 3 doubles

Steamboat’s Brooke Metzler and Alli Lowrie def. Brooke Altman and Liz Seubert, 7-5, 6-0

No. 4 doubles

Steamboat’s Summer Smalley and Maria Hillenbrand def. Dairinn Bowers and Sadie Alpern, 6-2, 6-1

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