Short on players, Steamboat tennis falls to Basalt |

Short on players, Steamboat tennis falls to Basalt

Steamboat senior Liam Siefken lunges for a backhand to keep a volley alive in a Steamboat Springs tennis singles match against Rocky Mountain on Sept. 17, 2022. Siefken was one of three singles players to win their individual match for Steamboat against Basalt, ending the regular season on a high note on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.
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The Steamboat Springs boys tennis team traveled to Basalt on Thursday, Sept. 29, for its second matchup of the season against the Longhorns.

In the first matchup, the Sailors overpowered Basalt with a sweep of the singles matches and took two of the doubles matches to win 5-2. This time around, it was Basalt that would take the victory in a 4-3 contest.

Steamboat was unable to field its full roster for the match but still went 3-0 in singles with Liam Siefken, JP Carter and Wiley Cotter all winning their respective games. However, the Sailors lost all three doubles matches and were forced to default the fourth for lack of players. 

The loss was Steamboat’s last regular season match of the year with regionals coming Oct. 5-6 in Grand Junction. 

Basalt 4, Steamboat Springs 3

Singles: 1. Liam Siefken, SS, def. Basalt, 6-1, 6-0. 2. JP Carter, SS, def. Basalt 6-2, 6-2. 3. Wiley Cotter, SS, def. Basalt, 6-1, 6-1. 

Doubles: 1. Basalt def. Dante Abraham and Alec Buchler, SS, 6-0, 6-0. 2. Basalt def. Bryce Watson and Matthew MacEntee, SS, 6-3, 6-3. 3. Basalt def. Damien Dobson and Henry Brown, SS, 6-3, 6-4. 4. Basalt def. Steamboat Springs, default.

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