Sailors tennis nets 3 weekend wins |

Sailors tennis nets 3 weekend wins

Luke Graham

The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team picked up three wins during the weekend and now has a chance to get fully healthy for the stretch run.

Steamboat beat Wheat Ridge, 5-2, on Friday, before beating Golden, 6-1, and Columbine, 5-2, on Saturday.

Against Wheat Ridge, Steamboat got wins from three of its doubles teams and from Valerie Lezin at No. 2 singles and Claire Parsons at No. 3 singles.

After easily breezing through Golden on Saturday morning, Steamboat played what coach John Aragon called its most complete tournament of the year.

Playing Class 5A Columbine, Steamboat picked up wins from Lezin and Parsons, as well as its Nos. 1, 2 and 3 doubles teams. The Sailors had to default at No. 1 singles when Lorin Paley was moved down to the No. 1 doubles team after normal player Kylee Swiggart fell ill.

“The strongest team performance was (Saturday),” Aragon said. “We were playing a really good team in adverse conditions. Our kids just battled, stayed focused and were not letting anything get to them. I thought today was a big turnaround for our players.”

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Steamboat now prepares for its stretch run. The team plays at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Poudre before going to the heavily contested Mullen Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Denver.

At the Mullen Tournament – which draws top 4A and 5A teams – Aragon said Steamboat is likely to have a full and healthy team for the first time all season.

“We’ll find out a lot about ourselves at that tournament,” Aragon said. “Coach (Don) Toy and myself are really looking forward to the Mullen tournament. The girls really need that. They need to get out there in tournament form and play with our whole team that we haven’t had the whole season.”