Steamboat sweeps Vail tennis
Steamboat 7, Vail Mountain 0
No. 1 singles: Tatum Burger, SS, def. Lorena Mabarek, VMS, 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 singles: Maddie Thompson, SS, def. Sasha Horn, VMS, 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 singles: Emmie Thompson, SS, def. Paula Hernandez, VMS, 6-0, 6-2
No. 1 doubles: Hanna Haggerty and Lily Petersen, SS, def. Regina Hernandez and Grace Anderson, VMS, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
No. 2 doubles: Sabina Berend and Sidney Boyd, SS, def. Molly Borelli and Anna Skelton, VMS, 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 doubles: Norma Techarukpong and Shea Burger, SS, def. Chapin Benway and Ella Mueller, VMS, 6-0 6-0
No. 4 doubles: Shannon Ross, Annika Fahrner, SS, def Isabelle Carlton, Max Brandt, VMS, 6-1, 6-1
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team is excited to play at home this weekend, and if there was any question how excited, it got answered Friday, as the squad played the first of two duals at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.
After one particularly big point in a particularly easy win, Norma Techarukpong and Shea Burger high-fived so hard they hurt themselves, yelping in pain and grabbing at their hands.
The pair overcame that setback. Their teammates overcame their foes in the rest of the day’s matches and Steamboat overcame Vail Mountain for a 7-0 sweep.
“It really hurt,” Techarukpong said, laughing. “We try to high five every point, but that really stung.”
The team will be back at it this morning for a dual against Lakewood that starts at 9 a.m.
Steamboat coach John Aragon said pulling off a sweep there will be something more than what the team accomplished Friday.
“Our girls played well,” he said. “They were talking and communicating, and the more of that they do, the more it will help us down the road. Now we have a tough match and we’re looking forward to it.”
The team did play fine tennis on Friday, however.
The day’s most exciting match came at No. 1 doubles, where Steamboat’s Hanna Haggerty and Lily Petersen had to go the distance to hold off Vail’s Regina Hernandez and Grance Anderson. The Sailors took the first set comfortably, 6-3, but couldn’t close out in the second, falling 4-6. It was a new pairing for Steamboat, Petersen stepping into the No. 1 doubles role while Maddie Labor is out of town. It eventually paid off, too. The pair fell behind in the third set, but closed with a vengeance, winning the final three games to win, 6-4.
“We had to get excited and move our feet more,” Petersen said.
“It helped when we got more into the game,” Haggerty added. “It was difficult to get to used to playing someone new, but we made it work.”
Elsewhere it was smooth sailing for Steamboat. Tatum Burger beat Lorena Mabarek, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles. Maddie Thompson took down Sasha Horn 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and her sister Emmie Thompson beat Paula Hernandez 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
Sabina Berend and Sidney Boyd beat Molly Borelli, Anna Skelton, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2 doubles. Techarukpong and Shea Burger beat Chapin Benway Ella Mueller, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 doubles and Shannon Ross and Annika Fahrner beat Isabelle Carlton and Max Brandt, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4 doubles.
“It was really good today,” Ross said. “We had a lot of mixed grades, like seniors and freshmen, in our doubles team and that worked really well.”
They’re hoping it can work as well Saturday against Lakewood, though Techarukpong offered idea as to what she may do differently: when it comes to celebrating a big point while playing at home, don’t high-five with your racket hand.
“We like to get excited,” she said. “It’s pretty cool to play at home, to have everyone come out, all the high schoolers and our friends. It feels good to play at home.”
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