Sailors down, not out at state tennis
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team wasn’t able to make enough good things happen Thursday, and now, the squad will have to wait for Friday to see if something good will happen.
Steamboat had four entries in the Class 4A state tennis tournament in Pueblo. Two got through the first round, but none were able to advance beyond the second.
All is not lost, however. All the players who beat the Steamboat players advanced to their respective semifinals. If they win, the teams they defeated get to participate in the consolation rounds.
“It’s not disappointing, because our kids gave it their all and met a couple players better than us, but god, I’d love to see them get pulled back in and to get into the medal round,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “That would be really fun. These kids have come a long way. They’re hard-working and great to be around.”
The squad did get two wins on the day.
The first came at No. 2 singles, where Maddie Thompson rolled over her first-round opponent, Valor Christian’s Tiffany Parobek, 6-2, 6-4.
Thompson couldn’t maintain that momentum into the second round, however. She lost to Taylor Thulson, of Niwot, 6-0, 6-0.
“That girl is really solid,” Aragon said of Thulson. “Maddie played one of the better matches I’ve seen her play, getting up there and mixing it up, but that girl was too much.”
Fena Metzler and Anna Allsberry, at No. 4 doubles, also picked up a win in what was the most thrilling match of the day for Steamboat. They beat the Eaton pair of Abby Sears and Maddie Harper, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
“There were a lot of momentum shifts in there, and they found a way to win it at the end,” Aragon said. “That was a great win for them.”
But the team wasn’t able to keep it up, falling in the second round, 6-1, 6-3, to Hannah Hayes and Julia Doyle, of Kent Denver.
Steamboat lost a tough match at No. 1 doubles, where seniors Sydney Boyd and Sabina Berend, who nearly missed the tournament due to an illness, lost a three-set grinder of a match to a Discovery Canyon team, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Then, Emmie Thompson and Surina Techarukpong also lost in the first round, falling to another Discovery Canyon pair, 6-3, 6-1.
“But, we’re all still alive,” Aragon said. “If the teams that beat us win in the semis, we get back in.”
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