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Sailors come from behind to win tennis tourney title

Melinda Mawdsley

The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team entered the Delta County Tournament unfamiliar with the feeling of defeat after winning its opening four team matches of the year.

The Sailors will head home champions yet again after coming from behind to take the team title at the Delta County Tournament Saturday in Hotchkiss.

Steamboat co-coach John Aragon told the No. 2 and No. 3 singles players and the No. 3 and No. 4 doubles teams that unless all of them won, there was a good chance Grand Junction Central would take the team title.

“We had a must-win in the last four matches,” Aragon said.

All four pulled out impressive wins.

The No. 3 doubles team of Rebecca Timmerman and Brittany DeGroff won in a tiebreaker 6-4, 7-6 (7-0). The No. 4 doubles team of Tara King and Adele Dombrowski overcame a first set loss to win 3-6, 6-4 and 10-8 in a 10-point super tiebreak final set.

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Breanne Murray, Steamboat’s No. 2 singles player, won 7-5, 6-2 and Stacy Cavanagh, the Sailors’ No. 3 singles player, won the first set, 6-1, and rallied to win the second, 7-5.

Steamboat wound up defeating Grand Junction Central, a 5A school, by a few points. The two schools were tied after Friday’s matches.

“They are playing well as a team, and Grand Junction Central was the toughest team we’ve faced,” Aragon said. “Still, they had to come from behind and win. They showed they are willing to stay focused and work hard for a victory.”

The only Steamboat player or team not challenged through the Delta County Tournament was No. 1 singles player Kelli Parnell. The junior lost a combined six games in her three matches during the two-day tournament.

The only player to win two games against Parnell in a single set was Central’s Anna Malan in the semifinals. Parnell defeated Hotchkiss’ Mini Streza, 6-1, 6-1, in the finals.

“When Kelli is playing well, it will take a very good player to beat her, and she’s playing well right now,” Aragon said. “She’s looking good, and I was pleased to see how they are all really supporting each other and cheering for each other. It was a fun tournament.

Parnell, Timmerman, Dombrowski and DeGroff and King all captured tournament titles Saturday.

Murray and Cavanagh each took third.

Steamboat’s No. 1 doubles team of Kristin Toy and Cori Evans lost in the finals to Central but took second after an easy opening-round win against Paonia and a hard-fought semifinal win against Hotchkiss.

Steamboat’s No. 2 doubles team of Anya Salzgeber and Martha Bender also fell in the finals to a team from Grand Junction Central, but the pair earned a second-place finish behind its easy first round and semifinal wins. The pair dropped just two games in its first two matches.

Steamboat returns to action Thursday when it is scheduled to play Durango in Grand Junction.

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