Doubles play nearly anchors Sailors girls tennis to win at 5A power |

Doubles play nearly anchors Sailors girls tennis to win at 5A power

— Playing without its top player at one of the state’s top programs, the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team still held its own on the Front Range Friday.

With freshman No. 1 singles player Tatum Burger out of the lineup temporarily, the Sailors were narrowly edged by Fossil Ridge, 4-3.

All three of Steamboat’s wins came in doubles play.

The No. 1 doubles team of Maddie Labor and Hanna Haggarty won, 6-0, 6-4. Steamboat’s No. 2 doubles squad of Sydney Boyd and Sabina Berend followed it up with a 6-3, 6-2 victory. The Sailors’ No. 3 doubles team of Norma Techarukpong and Shae Burger rounded out the day’s wins with a come-from-behind 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 showing.

“I thought, as a team, we were right in the thick of it,” Sailors coach John Aragon said. “They’re a little stronger than us, but we played well. I’m proud of every girl who came on the court.”

Lily Petersen stepped into Tatum Burger’s shoes at No. 1 singles and fought in a 6-2, 6-2 loss.

“She had a lot of fun and had a great attitude,” Aragon said about Petersen.

Maddie Thompson fell in No. 2 singles to Fossil Ridge’s Bailey Koronich, 6-0, 6-3. Maddie’s sister, Emmie Thompson, was edged in No. 3 singles play, 6-2, 6-3. The Sailors’ No. 4 doubles team of Shannon Ross and Annika Fahrner lost a tight one, 7-5, 6-2.

“I’m very pleased with how we played start to finish,” Aaragon said. “We are a much-improved team, and it’s great to see them play this way.”

Steamboat will get a chance to rebound Saturday morning when the Sailors take on Thompson Valley at 9:30 a.m.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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