Steamboat tennis squad wins for dual |

Steamboat tennis squad wins for dual

The Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team was left chalking up a busy Thursday to experience. The squad is in for plenty more experience Friday, too, as it begins play in the grueling Western Slope Open tennis tournament.

The Sailors got their first team win of the season Thursday, using three forfeit victories to break a 2-2 tie with Durango. The team also was swept in a matchup against Air Academy.

"Durango's players are actually tough — the ones they brought, anyway," Steamboat coach Don Toy said. "It's all experience for us because next week, we start regional play. It's all about leading up to regionals for us."

Steamboat got wins against Durango from No. 3 singles player Ben Wharton, who took care of business in two sets, then from Quinn Cain and Zach Dunklin at No. 1 doubles, who won in three sets.

"The goal is to get to the net and be aggressive and they weren't making errors when they were playing up there," Toy said about his victorious doubles team. "They have to keep doing what they're doing and thinking about where to put the ball rather than just being so nice and hitting right back to someone. That takes some practice."

Steamboat returns to the court Friday for the two-day Western Slope tourney.

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"Our team is rounding into shape for league play," Toy said. "I feel good about it. We have a good group of kids and they're working hard."

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