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Sailors girls tennis dominates Day 1 of regionals

— Not even 10 hours of tennis against some stiff competition could keep the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team from once again dominating Day 1 of the 4A Region 8 tournament in Grand Junction on Thursday.

All three Sailors singles players and all four doubles teams advanced to Friday’s finals, but Steamboat certainly had to earn it.

“Today went really well for us,” Sailors coach John Aragon said. “We have everyone in the finals, but we had to go through some very good players to get there.”



Steamboat ace Tatum Burger cruised through her first two matches at No. 1 singles, sweeping Delta’s Vyen Nguyen, 6-0, 6-0, and dominating Aspen’s Caroline Godfrey, 6-0, 6-2. She’ll face Montrose’s Alyssa Arellano in Friday’s finals.

At No. 2 singles, Steamboat’s Maddie Thompson easily handled her first match, 6-1, 6-0, and had to duke it out with Hotchkiss’ Jessie Holt, 6-4, 6-3, to move on to the finals. She’ll face Montrose’s Kellyn Alexander.



Maddie’s twin sister, Emmie Thompson, was also challenged at No. 3 singles, opening with a 6-2, 6-1, victory before edging Aspen’s Emily Puder, 6-4, 6-3, to qualify for the championship round. Emmie Thompson is set to square off with Durango’s Kit Hackett.

“That last match with Emmie was anybody’s match, and she came through in the end,” Aragon said. “She wore the Aspen girl out. Toward the end, she didn’t want anymore. Emmie made the girl tank.”

Steamboat’s No. 1 singles duo of Maddie Labor and Hanna Haggarty had little trouble in the quarterfinals and semis, winning their matches, 6-1, 6-1, and 6-2, 6-1. Aspen’s top pair awaits Labor and Haggarty.

The same held true for the Sailors’ No. 2 doubles team of Sydney Boyd and Sabina Berend. The pair advanced to Friday’s finals with a 6-2, 6-2, win, followed by a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Montrose is up next for Boyd and Berend.

Norma Techarukpong and Shae Burger had to earn every point en route to their finals run. The No. 3 doubles team eked through its first match, 6-3, 6-4, before edging Hotchkiss, 6-3, 6-3, to save a date with Montrose in the next round.

Perhaps the match of the day came from the Sailors’ No. 4 doubles team of Annika Fahrner and Shannon Ross. Fahrner and Ross advanced to the semis with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Cedaredge. They met Montrose in to advance to the finals, where Steamboat snagged a late three-set victory, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

“The girls put it all together today,” Aragon said. “No. 4 doubles was a huge win for points because Montrose has all seven teams alive, too, but they only have four in the finals, and we have seven.”

Steamboat will need a few finals victories to seal its 13th straight regional tournament title. Matches begin at 9 a.m. Friday.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll


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