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Fruita picks apart Steamboat

Sailors fall to Wildcats, 4-3, in first outdoor matches

Melinda Mawdsley

— In Steamboat Springs’ first outdoor matches of the season, the girls tennis team faltered, falling to Fruita, 4-3, on Friday.

“There was a little bit of wind and some sun, and the clouds rolled in,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “We didn’t focus as a group as well as I thought we would. Fruita was solid, but I wouldn’t consider them a top-five team in the state. We should have won that match.”

Inclement weather wasn’t the only factor working against Steamboat. The matches were held Thursday — before daylight-saving time took effect — so darkness forced the matches into Friday.

The Sailors and Wildcats resumed their matches after both teams finished matches in the separate Western Slope Tournament.

The tournament was scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Grand Junction, so the teams had to play their head-to-head matches when their tournament matches were finished.

Rain washed out most of Sat–urday’s Western Slope Tour–nament matches, and Aragon was waiting for results from Grand Junction.

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Steamboat’s match loss to Fruita drops it to 2-2 overall this season, but Aragon said there were some positives in the loss.

Singles players Breanne Murray (No. 1) and Lisa Floyd (No. 2) played well against challenging opponents. Steamboat’s No. 3 doubles team of Anya Salzgeber and Tara King fought from behind to win in three sets, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4), 10-8.

“That was good to see Tara and Anya step up and close that out, because it could have gone either way,” Aragon said.

Steamboat plays Friday and Saturday at the Mullen tournament.

“Mullen is actually favored to win (the) Class 4A (state title) this year,” Aragon said. “I’m really looking forward to going down there.”

Aragon and coach Don Toy are going to shake up the lineup for the weekend tournament.

“We are seeing if we can get some personalities together,” Aragon said. “Once they believe in one another, and they start competing for every point, I think we will be a very good team.”

Murray and Floyd will stay at their singles spots. Shelby Reed is moving into No. 3 singles.

Molly Weiss will team up with Kristin Toy at No. 1 doubles. Toy moved back to Steamboat from California, so she was forced to sit out matches because of Colo–rado High School Activities Association transfer rules.

Rebecca Timmerman and Salzgeber will be at No. 2 doubles. Cori Evans and Kerry Enochs move into the No. 3 spot, and King and Heidi Hillenbrand will be at No. 4 doubles.

March 30 and 31 at Grand JunctionFruita defeated Steamboat, 4-3No. 1 singles — Breanne Murray (SS) def. Kate Leadbetter (F), 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)No. 2 singles — Lisa Floyd (SS) def. Molly Leadbetter (F), 6-1, 6-4No. 3 singles — Katie Adams (F) def. Molly Weiss (SS), 2-6, 6-1, 10-6No. 1 doubles — Cayti Huston/Lindsey Hale (F) def. Shelby Reed/Heidi Hillenbrand (SS), 6-3, 7-5No. 2 doubles — Jackie Hawkins/Andrea Stagg (F) def. Cori Evans/Rebecca Timmerman (SS), 6-0, 6-3No. 3 doubles — Anya Salzgeber/Tara King (SS) def. Lindsay Bleil/Leah Rosendale (F), 3-6, 7-6(7-4), 10-8No. 4 doubles — Katie McGovern/Lindsey Henke (F) def. Bailey Moore/Kerry Enochs (SS), 6-2, 6-0