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Steamboat tennis team’s No. 2 singles, No. 3 doubles slip to 4th

Steamboat Springs High School’s tennis entries fall in consolation finals Saturday

Kylee Swiggart plays Saturday at the state tennis tournament in Pueblo. Swiggart, at No. 2 singles, and Steamboat’s No. 3 doubles team of Lauren Siegel and Rachel Grubbs placed fourth in the tournament.
Joel Reichenberger

Tennis results

■ No. 2 singles

Candice Krammer, Greeley West, def. Kylee Swiggart, Steamboat, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

■ No. 3 doubles

Alexia Newgord and Emily Erickson, Thompson Valley, def. Lauren Siegel and Rachel Grubbs, Steamboat, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1





Kylee Swiggart plays Saturday at the state tennis tournament in Pueblo. Swiggart, at No. 2 singles, and Steamboat’s No. 3 doubles team of Lauren Siegel and Rachel Grubbs placed fourth in the tournament.
Joel Reichenberger

Tennis results

■ No. 2 singles

Candice Krammer, Greeley West, def. Kylee Swiggart, Steamboat, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

■ No. 3 doubles



Alexia Newgord and Emily Erickson, Thompson Valley, def. Lauren Siegel and Rachel Grubbs, Steamboat, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1

— By some measure it was a disappointing end to what had been a great stretch of tennis for three Steamboat Springs High School players.



Kylee Swiggart and the doubles team of Rachel Grubbs and Lauren Siegel both lost their consolation finals matches Saturday at the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Pueblo. It didn’t take them long to realize they weren’t settling for fourth place, however.

“I can appreciate it now, but that last one was tough,” Swiggart, a senior, said just before collecting her fourth-place medal.

Post-match clarity didn’t mean either fell in unemotional fashion, however. Both played to three sets. Swiggart, playing at No. 2 singles, fell 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 to Candice Krammer of Greeley West. Siegel and Grubbs, meanwhile, lost 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, to Alexia Newgord and Emily Erickson, of Thompson Valley.

The matches were entirely different.

Despite finding satisfaction in placing at state for the third consecutive year, Swiggart couldn’t shake the feeling that Saturday’s showdown was one she should have won. She dominated the first set, pounding the ball around the court with a mix of shots and pace that baffled her opponent.

“I came out swinging. I was ready,” said Swiggart, who lost to Krammer in straight sets just a few weeks ago. “I think I surprised her.”

She lost that focus as the match wore on. She tried to climb out of a hole in the second set and nearly did, then found herself in a similar predicament in the third set. She was down, 3-0, before rallying to tie it at four games each in the second set but couldn’t muster similar momentum in the third.

Where she had been confident and accurate with her plays earlier in the morning, she missed in the later frames. She knocked critical potential winners a few inches wide to give up a few key points, and although she continued to make it close, Swiggart never could really get back on track.

“I got angry about my mistakes. That’s not like me, and it got me down,” she said. “I just couldn’t get it back. I fought, and I fought, but it was just a tough match.”

Grubbs and Siegel, at No. 3 doubles, struggled to maintain a consistent aggressive approach.

At their best, they dueled as well as they had all weekend, but during the other games, they were outmatched and overpowered. They lost the first and third sets without much fight, but stood their ground in the second.

“The first set really got us down because neither of us was making shots,” Grubbs said. “We tried to forget about the first set and play like we did in the second, but they’re a good team.”

They took the first three games of the second set, gave four back to fall behind, then were sharp again in winning the next three to force a third set.

“We were moving our feet better and being more aggressive,” Siegel said. “Fourth place is good. This is the first time I’ve medaled. We definitely want to get up there again next year.”

It all added up to a seventh-place finish for the Steamboat team, a step up from its ninth-place finish a year ago when it scored high based on the strength of Swiggart’s and Sara Bearss’ No. 1 doubles state championship.

There was no wild, hugging celebration like there had been after that championship, but after the girls took a few minutes to consider their emotions, Saturday’s Sailors found plenty to be proud of.

“We did a good job. Our kids came out and played hard,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “They worked hard for points. We were playing against teams that were better than us, but as far as attitude and effort, our kids were great.”


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