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Sailors tennis second at Grand Junction tourney

— It was a good start to the season but the chance for “great” just eluded the Steamboat Springs High School boys tennis team this weekend, coach Joseph O’Dell said.

The squad opened its fall campaign with a tournament in Grand Junction, and it went through the first of two days of action undefeated.

Steamboat then ran into tough, Class 5A opponent Fossil Ridge and lost, coming up 3-1 on the weekend.

“We obviously wish we could have beaten Fossil Ridge, but I was pretty happy with the overall result,” O’Dell said.

Steamboat started its weekend with a trio of victories Friday.

The biggest may have come first, when the squad outlasted Grand Junction to win 4-3.

That tight match came down to senior Nolan Connell pulling out a win in a tiebreaker at No. 2 singles.

Steamboat later cruised by Fruita Monument 6-1 and Grand Junction Central 7-0.

That set the stage for the showdown with Fossil Ridge.

The Sailors got wins from senior Charlie Smith at No. 1 doubles and from seniors Peter Wharton and Jack Bender at No. 4 doubles, but lost at the other five spots to go down 5-2.

“Overall, it was a good tournament,” O’Dell said. “We played well for it being our first tournament, but obviously, we have some things to work on.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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