Steamboat tennis sweeps past Vail Christian in mid-week match |

Steamboat tennis sweeps past Vail Christian in mid-week match

Steamboat Springs tennis player Matthew White returns a shot during a match against Vail Christian on Tuesday afternoon at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs. The Sailors swept the match

— There are bigger matches just around the corner, but Tuesday afternoon's match against Vail Christian is the one Steamboat Springs No. 1 singles player Corbin Diehl has been waiting for all season.

"He used to play on our team," Diehl said. "So there was a lot more intensity and pressure on both sides of the court."

Diehl reached his goal inside the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs on Tuesday afternoon when he beat his former teammate Colin Green in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. The victory was part of a Steamboat Springs sweep against Vail Christian at the center.

Other winners included Steamboat's Troy DeJong, who topped another former Sailor, Stefan Sortland, 6-4, 6-1, in the No. 2 singles spot, and Steamboat’s Ben Wharton, who topped Vail Christian's Nick Boyne, 6-2, 6-4.

Steamboat's No. 1 doubles team of Quinn Cain and Zach Dunklin topped Chase Michonski and Riley Kilqove, 6-1, 6-0; Steamboat's No. 2 doubles team of Nick Matthews and Charlie Smith defeated Ty Michonski and Taylor Petersen, 6-4, 6-4; Steamboat's No. 3 doubles team of Joe Borgerding and Matthew White topped Vail Christian's Zac Wirth and Patrick Johnson, 6-0, 6-1; and Steamboat's No. 4 doubles team of Aiden Gibbs and Max Lynch topped Vail Christian's Kelby Denissen and Jonathan Cano, 6-0, 6-3.

After the match, Steamboat sophomore DeJong said he felt like his experience gave him an upper hand in the match. This is DeJong's first year with the high school team, but he's played plenty of tournament tennis in the past.

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"I sort of figured him out in the second set," DeJong said about his win against Sortland. "I didn't play for the high school team last year, so I had not faced him. I think I have more tennis under my belt, and I was able to play more consistent tennis."

The Sailors coaches will be looking for continued consistency this weekend as Steamboat hosts a pair of top teams. Steamboat is scheduled to face perennial powerhouse Kent Denver at 8 a.m. Saturday and then Evergreen at noon. Head coach Don Toy is hoping the matches against two top Front Range schools will give his players a little more experience before they head into the regional tournament the following week.

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