Sailors girls tennis ekes by Thompson Valley
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team’s doubles pairs stepped up once again Saturday, but this time, it spelled a Sailors victory at Thompson Valley.
Still shorthanded with No. 1 singles star Tatum Burger temporarily competing on the youth circuit, Steamboat scored three doubles wins and a No. 2 singles win for the 4-3 victory over the Eagles.
“They played really worthy opponents today,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “The girls we played were mostly seniors. It was great to come here and beat them.”
Emmie Thompson — who was recently cleared to play after weathering hockey concussions this winter — cruised by at No. 2 singles with a 6-1, 6-2 win.
In doubles play, Steamboat’s No. 1 pair of Hanna Haggarty and Maddie Labor won, 6-2, 6-0. The Sailors’ No. 2 doubles team of Sydney Boyd and Sabina Berend scored a big three-set victory, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, and the No. 3 doubles team of Norma Techarukpong and Shae Burger followed suit with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 win.
“I was glad to see when the pressure was on and we really needed it, the girls stepped up and came to play,” Aragon said.
In No. 1 singles, Lily Petersen again filled in, but fell, 6-1, 6-0. Maddie Thompson also fell in a tight No. 3 singles match, 6-4, 6-4. Steamboat’s No. 4 doubles team of Shannon Ross and Annika Fahrner dropped a tough three-setter.
This week, Steamboat will get its first taste of home-court action as the Sailors play host to Vail Mountain at 4 p.m. Friday and Lakewood at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
“They’re all looking forward to that,” Aragon said about the prospect of playing at home. “It’s going to be great to have parents come out and support the athletes. I think it will be a really great opportunity for families and fans.”
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