Steamboat girls tennis fights through Thursday rain delays at regionals
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It was a good start to the regional tournament in Grand Junction for the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team. The Sailors will have to wait to find out just how good, however.
The team plowed through its first round, winning with all three of its single entries and all four doubles teams. Only sophomore Mae Thorp at No. 1 singles, a state finalist a year ago, is sure to play in the regional finals Friday. She advanced at No. 1 singles, but a series of rain delays slowed play enough that no other matches were finished Thursday.
“Most of them will be picking back up in matches they were in today, and some will be picking back up in the middle of a set or even a game,” Steamboat coach Kristyn Wykert said. “Honestly, some of the rain delays were just what the girls needed because as soon as they went back on the court, they took care of business and finished strong.”
The team is playing with Thorp at No. 1 singles, Lily Fox at No. 2 and Annika Fahrner at No. 3. Fox won the first set of her semifinal match and was trailing in the second when play was suspended. Fahrner, battling a migraine, lost her first and trailed in her second but would be a prime candidate for a bounce-back performance after a night of rest.
Morgan Sauerbrey and Lauren Ehrlich are in good shape midway through their semifinal at No. 1 doubles. Amy Speer and Amanda Walker, at No. 2 doubles, haven’t even started in their second round after a gritty first-round win against Glenwood Springs.
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“That was a huge win for them,” Wykert said. “They played at the level they’ve been working toward all season.”
Este Wilkinson and Maddie Heydon are on track to advance at No. 3 doubles, and Christina Hathaway and Maria Koop will try to bounce back after losing the first set of their second-round match against Aspen.
The top two finishers in each division will advance to the state tournament next week in Greeley.
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