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Steamboat Springs boys tennis loses in 2nd match

Luke Graham

— Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis coach Don Toy had formulated an idea of what he wanted to see from the opening weekend of the 2013 season.

With some experience and some newcomers, the opening two tournaments became like getting the outer edges of a puzzle done.

After falling to Boulder on Friday, Saturday's 5-2 loss to Rocky Mountain High School seemed like a good starting point for a conversation about the rest of the season.

"We played a lot better than” Friday, Toy said. "We mixed things up."

Players certainly saw different positions. With several players out until next week, Toy flipped the roster around Saturday.

Steamboat got wins at No. 1 singles from Charlie Smith and Zach Dunklin, who won in three sets. At No. 2 doubles, Joe Borgerding and Nick Mathews also won in straight sets.

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For the Sailors, though, the opening weekend was about figuring out where they are as a team.

Toy moved Quinn Cain into the No. 3 singles spot after the senior played doubles Friday.

Toy said Cain played well and showed his versatility, providing Steamboat with options as the season progresses. Toy also pointed out senior Ben Wharton's work as a singles player the past two days. Even though Wharton went 0-2 this weekend in his first action as a singles player, Toy said Wharton's athletic ability was ever present.

"They are learning in this transition," Toy said. "Early in the season, it's knowing what I want the players to do and having them respond. They're responding better."

Toy said the focus would be getting singles players to play with more consistency and the doubles players to understand the concepts of doubles tennis.

The team plays at Fossil Ridge on Friday and at Poudre on Saturday. Toy said the next several matches still will be used to determine a final lineup. He said he's eyeing the Sept. 6 and 7 Western Slope Tournament in Grand Junction to have players in form and a lineup set.

"By then, we'll be where we need as a team," he said. "The Western Slope tournament, we should be in good shape."

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