Steamboat tennis continues solid play |

Steamboat tennis continues solid play

— The Steamboat Springs tennis team continued to roll, notching two more wins Tuesday in what coach John Aragon called a nice warm-up for the regional tournament on Oct. 6.

The Sailors easily beat Grand Junction Central, 7-0, and dispatched Montrose, 6-1.

“The Central team was inexperienced, but the Montrose team had some solid depth in doubles, and their singles players were strong,” Aragon said. “Our kids played really well. They were just fun matches to watch.”

The win improved Steamboat to 8-2 in matches this year and primed the team for another run at a regional title. Montrose, where the regional tournament will be played, returned most of its varsity players from last year’s team and along with Aspen poses the biggest challenge to Steamboat at the regional tournament, Aragon said. The Sailors previously beat Aspen, 5-2, on Sept. 22.

“They’re good athletes,” he said of Montrose and Aspen. “Our kids just really focused and took opportunities to close out tough points. I think there is still room to improve and get better, but our focus and intensity has been really good.”

On the season, the Sailors’ top two doubles teams of Brian Aragon and Brian Burger, and Jesse Schaller and Dylan Roberts are a combined 12-0. The No. 3 doubles team (Matt Gadbois and Andrew Riley) and No. 4 doubles team (Charlie Smith and Jeff Lambart) are 12-6. Steamboat’s top three singles players – Andrew Hoing, Ramsey Bernard and Jordan Bernard – are a combined 21-6.

With that talent and depth, Aragon said he is confident heading to Montrose.

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