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Sailor tennis to use Saturday matches as springboard into regionals

— It’s about to get real for the Steamboat Springs High School boys’ tennis team. With only a pair of matches on Saturday separating the Sailors from regional competition, they can feel the pressure rising.

“I think today is probably going to be the first day we really start kind of grinding it out for regionals,” SSHS junior Charlie Smith said Thursday, prior to team practice. “Keep putting it in our mind that it’s coming up. We don’t have that long … until it happens.”

Smith, the Sailors’ No. 2 singles player, has been dominant at the position all season. His only two losses came deep in tournaments early in the fall. Steamboat, as a whole, has been equally impressive and is sitting in a good spot with regional play so close.

On Wednesday, SSHS traveled to Evergreen for a pair of matches, beating Colorado Springs Christian, 6-1, and Evergreen, 7-0. Saturday, the Sailors travel to Grand Junction for matches with Grand Junction Central and Montezuma-Cortez; both are teams SSHS should see at regionals, as well.

“It’s good to see these guys right before we go to region so we are not surprised by anybody,” Steamboat tennis coach Jack Burger said. “I think the guys are playing really well. You see improvement in every match we go to, so that’s really good going into regionals next week.”

Class 4A regional competition, also in Grand Junction, gets underway Thursday.

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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