Sailors tennis finishes 1-1 after cancellation |

Sailors tennis finishes 1-1 after cancellation

— With the countdown to the state and regional tournaments at less than three weeks to go, Steamboat Springs tennis coach John Aragon now has a better idea on where the Sailors stand.

After Friday and Saturday’s highly competitive, “mini-state,” Mullen tournament was cancelled in anticipation of storms on the Front Range, Aragon was able to schedule two matches on Saturday against two prominent Class 4A teams.

Steamboat easily dispatched of D’Evelyn 6-1 in the morning before falling to last year’s state runner-up Cheyenne Mountain 6-1.

Although the Sailors lost to the Indians, Aragon said the match should have turned in the Sailors favor 4-3 if not for a few mistakes.

“It’s like we’re right there,” Aragon said. “Now we know we need to practice with a purpose and work on the fine things. We have to be ready to compete from start to finish. We have to be ready from the very first ball.”

Aragon said the match against Cheyenne Mountain was very close but Steamboat couldn’t win the points. Both No. 1 and No. 2 singles players Lisa Floyd and Bre Murray played their matches tough before falling.

“It’s great experience for them especially with state in two weeks,” Aragon said.

The lone Steamboat player to win against Cheyenne Mountain was Shelby Reed.

Aragon said Reed played a very consistent match while keeping the ball in play, before winning her match 7-5, 6-2.

Steamboat easily beat D’Evelyn in the morning with the only losing a three set match at the No. 3 doubles spot.

The Sailors now are 8-1 on the season and don’t play again until the regional tournament in Grand Junction on May 4.

With two weeks to prepare – the Sailors will be off for spring break starting April 23 – Aragon said he’s happy with the level of play the Sailors saw over the weekend.

“We need to start playing more matches at this level because our kids are very capable,” he said. “This is where we learn the most. The next three weeks we need to work hard, go to state tournament and leave it all on the court.”

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