Sailors girls tennis marches by Lakewood |

Sailors girls tennis marches by Lakewood

— The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team coasted by visiting Lakewood on Saturday, knocking off the previously undefeated Tigers, 5-2.

The Sailors got three wins out of their doubles teams and another from No. 1 singles player Tatum Burger. Lakewood forfeited its No. 2 singles match against Steamboat’s Lily Petersen.

Burger, a freshman, took down Lakewood’s Sasha Harrison, 6-0, 6-1 to open the day.

Steamboat’s No. 1 doubles team of Hanna Haggarty and Maddie Thompson were able to edge the Tigers’ Calee White and Ellen Snare, 6-4, 6-1. Sabina Berend and Sydney Boyd followed up with a two-set win of their own against Ze-ching Ong and Maya Griswold, 6-4, 6-2.

The Sailors’ No. 4 doubles team of Shannon Ross and Annika Fahrner had the match of the day. The senior-freshman duo dropped their first set, 6-3, but rebounded by winning the next two, 6-3, 6-2.

“That was a good win for us,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “They had some strong, athletic girls, and we matched it well.”

Steamboat narrowly fell at No. 3 singles. Sophomore Sailor Emmie Thompson took the first set from McKenna Thomas, 6-4, but fell in the following two, 6-1, 6-2. Norma Techarukpong and Shae Burger fell in No. 3 doubles, 6-1, 6-3.

The Sailors still have just one team loss on the season and now enter the final stretch of the regular season.

Next weekend will be a huge test as Steamboat pushes toward regionals in Grand Junction and state in Pueblo. The team will battle undefeated Ralston Valley on Friday in Arvada, then head to Boulder High School on Saturday to face Boulder and Air Academy. The Kadets of Air Academy finished in eighth place at last year’s 4A state tournament.

“This should be a great weekend with tough competition,” Aragon said.

Friday’s matches start at 4 p.m., and Saturday’s start at 9 a.m.

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

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