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Steamboat Springs girls tennis sends 2 to state semifinals

Steamboat's Maddie Thompson, pictured playing at home earlier this season, won twice on Thursday at the Class 3A state tennis tournament in Greeley. She advanced to play in Friday morning's semifinal.

A pair of Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis players will play Friday for a spot in the Class 3A state championship match.

The 3A state tournament began Thursday in Greeley, running through the first two rounds of 16-player brackets in seven different divisions. Steamboat had entries in six of those divisions, and two survived the day.

Sailors' freshman Mae Thorp won twice in the event's top bracket, the No. 1 singles division, cruising by both her opponents to set up a showdown in the semifinals with Eaton senior Myaih Scott.

Steamboat senior Maddie Thompson, meanwhile, slugged her way through a tough first-round matchup then cruised in the second round and will face Dawson freshman Bridget Bell in the No. 2 singles semifinals.

"It was great, our No. 1 and No. 2 players are still in," Steamboat coach John Aragon said. "We competed well as a team, and I'm overall really proud of how hard the girls worked."

The Sailors have two more entries that could get back into the tournament through play-back opportunities.

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The No. 1 doubles team, with Emmie Thompson and Natalie Simon, is still alive after losing in the quarterfinals. After an easy first-round victory against a pair from Mead, 6-3, 6-2, Thompson and Simon lost to an Eaton team, 6-3, 6-1.

If Eaton wins in the semifinals, the Steamboat duo is back in, playing in the consolation bracket.

The No. 4 doubles team, with Lauren Ehrlich and Morgan Sauerbrey, is still alive, as well, facing the same scenario. They cruised through the first round, 6-1, 6-1, against a pair from Colorado Springs School.

Ehrlich and Sauerbrey started the second round hot, as well, winning the first set, 6-0. They couldn't handle a major momentum shift, however, and lost the next two to lose the match, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4.

No. 3 singles player Lily Fox lost a tough match in the first round, 7-6, 6-4, as did the No. 3 doubles team of Hadley McGee and Christina Hathaway, 6-4, 6-4.

They're done for the tournament. At the top of the bracket, however, the Sailors still have a chance to win their first state championship since 2015.

Thorp beat Conifer junior Hailey Janson, 6-1, 6-1, then Holy Family junior Julia Giltner, 6-3, 6-3.

"She made girls earn points and played very well all day," Aragon said. Giltner "moved really well and hit well, but Mae was patient enough that when she got the right shot, she took it to a corner and got the other girl on the run. That made the difference."

Maddie Thompson's biggest win came in her first match against Trini Somasundaram, a sophomore from Peak to Peak. The pair met one other time this year — a match Somasundaram won. That accounted for Thompson's only loss of the season, but she avenged it in a big way Thursday.

She controlled the pace of the match and built up a 7-5, 7-5 victory.

"That was huge," Aragon said. "Maddie just ground each point out."

She then beat Abby Molnar, a sophomore from D'Evelyn, in the second round, 6-3, 6-3.

Action starts with the semifinals at 9 a.m. Friday in Greeley.

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Class 3A state tennis results

No. 1 singles

Mae Thorp, Fr., Steamboat, def. Hailey Janson, Jr., Conifer, 6-1, 6-1

Thorp def. Julia Giltner, Jr., Holy Family, 6-3, 6-3

Thorp vs. Myiah Scott, Sr., Eaton

No. 2 singles

Maddie Thompson, Sr., Steamboat, def. Trini Somasundaram, So., Peak to Peak, 7-5, 7-5

Thompson def. Abby Molnar, So., D’Evelyn, 6-4, 6-0

Thompson vs. Bridget Bell, Fr., Dawson

No. 3 singles

Rachel Molnar, So., D’Evelyn def. Lily Fox, So., Steamboat, 7-6, 6-4

No. 1 doubles

Emmie Thompson and Natalie Simon, Steamboat, def. Kylie Park and Jill Cowley, Mead, 6-3, 6-2

Courtney Leafgren and Shelby Naill, Eaton, def. Thompson and Simon, 6-3, 6-1

No. 3 doubles

Tswana Caine and Caolinn Mullaney, Vanguard, def. Hadley McGee and Christina Hathaway, Steamboat Springs, 6-4, 6-4

No. 4 doubles

Lauren Ehrlich and Morgan Sauerbrey, Steamboat def. Sabrina Jackson and Kaylee Leachman, Colorado Springs School, 6-1, 6-1

Sydney Booth and Mikaelee Salberg, Eaton, def. Erlich and Sauerbrey, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4

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