Steamboat girls split Saturday’s meets |

Steamboat girls split Saturday’s meets

— All three of Steamboat Springs’ girls singles players remain undefeated, but the team suffered its first loss of the year when the Sailors split Saturday’s meets against Cedaredge and Delta.

Steamboat fell 3-4 to Cedaredge in the morning meet before easily defeating Delta 7-0 in the afternoon matches at the Tennis Center.

Kimberly Heckbert, Kelli Parnell and Ali Fisher each improved to 4-0 with easy victories over their opponents Saturday.

Cedaredge, one of the better teams in Steamboat’s region, provided some competition for the top three players, but coach Beccy Brane said the toughest matches for the trio of Sailors is yet to come.

“I’m pleased with how well they can focus and have these scores,” Brane said.

Heckbert received a tougher match from Delta’s Lauren Melgoza. Melgoza was able to exchange hard groundstrokes with Heckbert during several rallies on Saturday, even taking the lead in the second set before Heckbert rediscovered her serve and her composure to win 6-2, 6-3.

Fisher and Parnell lost a combined six games all day.

“We have a really strong singles group this year,” Fisher said. “All of our goals are to get to state. We’re undefeated and working on getting high seedings.”

On the doubles side, Brane is still looking for the best combinations to carry Steamboat into regionals in May.

The girls have six matches to find a spot on the four varsity doubles teams.

“We got a little better feel Saturday,” Brane said. “We’re still having that process evolve.”

All four doubles teams lost to Cedaredge before switching partners and sweeping past Delta.

Becca Herman and Elizabeth Salzgeber teamed up to form the No. 3 doubles team against Delta’s Torrey Mulford and Stephanie Ellison, winning 6-1, 6-1. Herman normally plays No. 1 doubles with Amanda Toy, while Salzgeber usually pairs up with Cori Evans in the three-slot.

“Our team is really well rounded this year,” Herman said.

The key for the teams right now is to find some consistency and cut down on the mistakes, particularly early on in matches.

Steamboat returns to action at 1 p.m. March 28 when it hosts Montrose at the Tennis Center.

— To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail

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