Sailors’ doubles team finishes 4th at state
As it turned out, the highlight for the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team came the day before the final day of the state tournament, rather than on it.
After playing what coach Jack Burger termed the best tennis of their careers to make the consolation semifinals, the No. 3 doubles team of River Fox-Welch and Nolan Connell fell in straight sets Saturday, losing to a Cheyenne Mountain pair in a battle for third place, 6-1, 6-1.
“It didn’t really go as planned, but they should still be really proud,” coach Jack Burger said. “They really stepped it up for this tournament. It just didn’t come together for them in that last match.”
The pair finished fourth, the best result for a Steamboat entry into the state tournament since 2013 and only the second time the Sailors have placed at state since Burger himself did so in 2010.
“They peaked at the right time and played their best tennis at state,” he said. “That’s what you want from all your teams. They played really well together, which was awesome.”
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The team finished with eight points and tied for 10th in the state.
“I’m really happy with how the season went,” said Burger, who finished up his first season guiding the Sailors.
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