Sailor tennis has no trouble with Durango |

Sailor tennis has no trouble with Durango

Austin Colbert

— The Steamboat Springs High School boys’ tennis team made easy work of Durango on Thursday in Grand Junction, cruising to a 6-1 win.

“I think it was a little hard for the guys to get out of the car. They definitely were off to a little sluggish start,” SSHS coach Jack Burger said. “Other than that, after the first couple of games, they started to move their feet and got the work done. It was fun to watch.”

The Sailors went 4-0 in doubles matches, led by the No. 1 doubles team of Matt White and Joe Borgerding, who won 6-1, 6-0. The No. 2 team of Max Lynch and Ethan Paulus won 6-0, 6-2; the No. 3 team of Nolan Comell and River Fox-Welch, 6-4, 6-4; and the No. 4 team of Peter Wharton and Jack Bender, 6-0, 6-0.

The No. 2 and No. 3 singles players, Charlie Smith and Chase Adams, also rolled, winning 6-0, 6-0, and 6-2, 6-1, respectively. The only SSHS loss came in the No. 1 singles match, where Durango’s Fred Edwards, a state qualifier last year, defeated Sailor freshman Teague Burger, 6-1, 6-2.

“It’s just good for him to see that kind of competition,” Jack Burger said of Teague, his younger brother. “I definitely think he is as good as these guys, but he just needs to get his confidence up. Once he believes … I think he can make it happen.”

Burger said Thursday’s match was a good warm up for the next tournament, set for Friday and Saturday and also held in Grand Junction. The Sailors will have two matches on Friday, beginning at 8 a.m.

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