Sailors cruise to victory |

Sailors cruise to victory

— The Steamboat Springs girls tennis team easily dispatched of Columbine, 7-0, on Friday, dropping only one set all day.

Sailors coach Don Toy said he was especially impressed with the No. 2, 3 and 4 doubles teams.

“They were really tough,” Toy said. “They played great and were very competitive. Columbine’s a young team from a big school. I liked how we competed, especially driving down before a vacation.”

After losing to last year’s state runner-up Cheyenne Mountain, 6-1, last week, Toy said the Sailors focused particularly on court placement and footwork.

Saturday, he said, the results were evident.

“We really emphasized in doubles movement and footwork the last week,” Toy said. “For the most part it really showed. We were quick on the ball.”

With only one more match before regionals, Toy said the Sailors still have work to do if they want to qualify the team for the state tournament.

“We’re slowly getting there,” he said. “Right now, I’m really happy with the team. Of course we can improve, but we’re on the right track.”

The Sailors, who improved their head-to-head matchup record to 9-1, are off the upcoming week because of spring break before they return to action on April 30 against Boulder. The following Friday, the team leaves for the regional tournament in Grand Junction.

“We’re getting better right now but we still have some work to do,” Toy said. “We’ll be there. We’ll be ready. It will be fast and furious as it always is.”

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