Tennis team faces stiff Tennis team faces stiff competition |

Tennis team faces stiff Tennis team faces stiff competition

— Sailors tennis coach John Aragon knows there will be no easy matches in Pueblo this week during the Colorado State High School Tennis Championships.

But with the best girls in the state converging on Pueblo, the coach is optimistic about his team’s chances to cap off one of the squad’s best seasons.

“Our girls have been competing well lately,” Aragon said. “I think if they can go down there, stay aggressive and play to their ability, they all have a pretty good shot.”

The Sailors will be strong from No. 1 singles through No. 4 doubles after winning the team’s first regional title in Delta last week. But Aragon expects stiff competition from teams including Cheyenne Mountain, Kent Denver and Greeley West when the tournament opens at 9 a.m. Thursday at Pueblo City Park.

Steamboat senior Kelli Parnell will have her work cut out for her at No.1 singles, the most competitive division in the tournament.

“There are no easy matches in this division,” Aragon said. “She will have to be ready to play.”

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Parnell will face off against Evergreen sophomore Luccia Cafiero in the first round. If she advances, she is likely to face Cheyenne Mountain’s Christina Cutter in the quarterfinals.

Aragon said he considers Cutter to be one of the best tennis players in the state of Colorado. Aragon expects the Cheyenne Mountain senior to move past Thompson Valley sophomore Tracy Mayes in the first round.

Steamboat’s Breanne Murray will face Pueblo Centennial senior Alicia Caputo in the first round.

The coach hopes that Murray can win the match and take advantage of a favorable spot in the brackets in the No. 2 singles spot.

With Lauren Miller of Kent Denver and Cayley Wetzig of Cheyenne Mountain, both among the favorites to win this year’s title, on the other side of the bracket, Murray has a good chance of advancing.

“Breanne just needs to play her game,” Aragon said. “She just can’t beat herself.”

Aragon also is excited about Lisa Floyd’s chances at No. 3 singles.

“If Lisa steps it up, she has the ability to beat everybody else at No. 3 singles,” Aragon said.

She will face Machebeuf sophomore Mikele Smith in the first round.

In doubles, Stacy Cavanagh and Molly Weiss will face off against Silver Creek’s Annie Weiner and Lexi Laursen at the No. 1 position.

The Steamboat team will need to play well to get past teams from top-ranked Cheyenne Mountain and Greeley West on their side of the bracket. Kent Denver and Ralston Valley should push play on the other side.

Adele Dombrowski and Kristin Toy will represent Steamboat in the No. 2 doubles position. They will face Widefield’s Stella Mainar and Erin Ravin. Aragon expects tough competition to come from Mul—-len, Chey-

enne Mountain and Kent Den–ver.

Steamboat’s Brittany De—-Groff and Re——–becca Tim—-merman will face Jeannie Folan and Zoe Peake of Fountain Valley at No. 3 doubles, and Anya Salzgeber and Kerry Enochs will take on Mary Kloberdanz and Annie Pierce of Greeley West at No. 4 doubles.

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