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Steamboat girls tennis earns hard-fought split on Front Range

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team split its duals Saturday as it competed against a pair of Front Range programs.

Steamboat beat John F. Kennedy High School with a clean 7-0 sweep. It then lost to Ralston Valley, 5-2, but Sailors coach Kristyn Wykert said there was plenty she liked from her team throughout the day, especially in a grueling battle against Ralston Valley.

"The scores don't show how hard the girls fought and how well they played," Wykert said.

Mae Thorp at No. 1 singles, Lily Fox at No. 2, Annika Fahrner at No. 3 singles, Lauren Ehrlich and Morgan Sauerbrey, Amy Speer and Amanda Walker, Miri Fraiser and Este Wilkinson and Maria Koop and Christia Hathaway all cruised against JFK. The team as a whole lost just four games and didn't come close to losing a single set.

Ralston presented a different challenge entirely, and Thorp at the top of the roster made the best of it.

She won a gritty three-set affair against Ralston's top player, Morgan Jenkins, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5).

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Fox also won, 6-1, 6-3.

Wykert said some of the team's best plays came from the No. 1 doubles pair of Ehrlich and Sauerbrey, who lost in two tight sets, 7-5, 7-6(5).

They trailed in the first set, 4-0, before rebounding to make things close.

"They hit the ball with a purpose," Wykert said. "They fought really hard and played really well together.

"All of our doubles teams impressed me. They were doing everything we've been working on in practice and today was the showing of it."

The team next travels Thursday to play against Fruita Monument and Grand Junction, its last regular season matches of the season before next month's regional tournament.

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