Girls tennis downs Vail Mountain, 6-1 |

Girls tennis downs Vail Mountain, 6-1

Luke Graham

— At one point during Thursday’s tennis match between Steamboat’s Claire Parsons and Vail Mountain’s Sarah Logan, a rally had gone so long that when a point finally was won, both girls stopped, turned to the 50 or so spectators and asked, “Whose serve is it again?”

It was a match between two evenly skilled girls at No. 3 singles. Most were wondering whether it would ever end. In the end, Parsons broke Logan in the second set, going on to win, 6-2, 6-4, in helping Steamboat to a 6-1 win.

“I’m wiped,” said Parsons, who at one point endured a rally of 116 shots between the two players. “I just would have tried to pull (a third set) out, I guess. But I’m glad it didn’t get there.”

So were most in attendance, who toward the end of the second set, hung on nearly every shot.

Parsons trailed, 4-3, in the second set, when she held her serve and then broke Logan to take a 5-4 advantage. After going up, 40-30, Parsons hit a forehand winner that just nipped the net and fell over for the win.

“It was really rough,” Parsons said. “I’ve never met someone so consistent with the ball. It was a good experience for me to get over that.”

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Parsons’ match certainly highlighted another strong performance for Steamboat. Along with Parsons, Steamboat’s Valerie Lezin won at No. 2 singles. All four Steamboat doubles teams also won in straight sets.

“It was a good win and especially for Claire,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “It was good to see their No. 1 player because she’s one of the best players in our region.”

Still playing with a mixed up roster because of injuries, Aragon said by the time Steamboat gets back from spring break in three weeks, he’s hoping to have a better idea of his lineup.

It’s then that the Sailors will make the final push to win regional title No. 5.

“We’re just trying to get everybody healthy,” Aragon said. “We have spring break coming up, and, after spring break if we get people healthy and in the lineup, we can do some things.”