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Sailors have 4 doubles teams, 1 singles player place at tourney

— The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team had one individual and all four doubles teams place at the highly competitive Western Slope Open tennis tournament in Grand Junction on Saturday.

The Sailors – playing with a banged up unit and missing two of their regular players – got their best finish from the No. 1 doubles team of Kylee Swiggart and Christi Valicenti. The two finished in third place after beating Fairview.

“Kylee really stepped up and Christi filled right in,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “At No. 1 doubles, to take third and beat some of the teams they did, that says a lot about that position and the character of these kids.”



Valerie Lezin, playing at No. 2 singles, placed eighth. The No. 4 doubles team of Ali Diehl and Lauren Siegel finished fifth, while the No. 2 doubles team of Hayley Richman and Mandy Thielemann finished sixth. Kaitie Breisch and Alli Lowrie finished eighth at No. 3 doubles.

“For us to be as beat up as we were and losing some real talented players, I was real pleased,” Aragon said. “It’s always a tough tournament. Some of these younger kids really stepped up.”



Although the competition was tough, the tournament also was trying on the fitness level of the Steamboat players. For most of the teams and individual players, the two-day tournament included at least six matches, played outside in hot weather.

“I think we learned a lot about ourselves,” Aragon said. “We definitely have some weaknesses we need to work on.”

Aragon said the team will work on serving and being more aggressive in matches. Nevertheless, Aragon is excited about the progress of his team and said the tournament really showed the Sailors’ depth.

Considering the team should get back regular No. 1 singles player Shelby Reed and Swiggart’s normal playing partner, Sara Bearss, Aragon said the goals for this team just keep getting higher.

“With a healthy Shelby Reed and Sara Bearss, our depth is definitely going to carry us,” Aragon said. “We want to move up that ladder, win another regional title and place higher at that state tournament.”

The team next plays at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Columbine.


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