Steamboat tennis picks up win
April 8, 2016
Steamboat Springs — Looking ahead a day, to Saturday's dual against Fossil Ridge, Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis coach John Aragon told his team he wasn't as interested in the day's wins and losses as he was in effort.
Fossil Ridge is perennially one of the top teams in Class 5A, and 4A Steamboat, playing without two of its top players, hopes to hang tough.
"I told them all I cared about was how hard they competed, how hard they worked together to win points," Aragon said.
Competing Friday against Thompson Valley, the Sailors tallied marks in both columns, both competing well and, in the end, racking up wins. Steamboat won, 6-1.
"That was really good for us, to come out like that," Aragon said.
The Sailors only loss came at the top, where freshman Soria Rabanal subbed in for an injured Maddie Labor at No. 1 singles. It was a new experience for Rabanal, who's shined on the junior varsity squad this season, and she lost 6-0, 6-0.
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"She didn't win a game, but she made that girl go to a lot of deuces and ad-ins," Aragon said.
Down the roster, it was all Steamboat.
The Sailors won at No. 2 singles with Maddie Thompson, 6-1, 6-2, and at No. 3 singles with Lily Fox, 6-2, 6-4.
For Fox, it was the first singles win of her career and likely locked her into that singles spot for the regional tournament.
"She played well, and I really liked her attitude on the court," Aragon said. "She was upbeat, and it was great to see her make that step."
At No. 1 doubles, Sabina Berend and Sydney Boyd won, 6-2, 6-4. Surina Techarukpong and Anna Allsberry won at No. 2 doubles, 6-1, 6-4, and Jordyn Hetrick and Natalie Simon won at No. 3 doubles, 6-2, 6-3.
"That's by far the best match I've seen Jordan play all year," Aragon said. "She was just very assertive, and it was really good to see that happening right now."
Fena Metzler and Amanda Walker finished the day off for the Sailors, winning 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 doubles.
Next up is a 9 a.m. match Saturday against Fossil Ridge.
That's where Aragon is looking for another solid effort, no matter the outcome.
"I told them, 'Sometimes you'll play a better team, but we have to fight all the way through," he said. "Tomorrow's match will be one of those matches where we'll have to play our best tennis and go and take it away from a very good team."
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