Steamboat tennis slides into spring break
Spring break comes exactly at the right time in the eyes of Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis coach Kristyn Wykert, at least after the team’s regular season finale Thursday on the road against Fruit Monument and Grand Junction.
The Sailors were swept in both duals, losing seven matches to each school.
“They’re both good schools, but mentally, we just weren’t there,” Wykert said. “We took a step back, and I think their minds were somewhere else.”
That’s understandable, given the looming flights to beaches that awaited at least some of the athletes.
The team has some of its biggest matches waiting as soon as it returns. The regional tournament will begin May 3. The top two finishers in that tournament from each division will advance to the state tournament the following week.
Thursday, most of the team lost in straight sets, though there were a few highlights where the Sailors pushed back hard. Against Grand Junction, the No. 1 doubles team, with Morgan Sauerbrey and Lauren Ehrlich, won a tiebreaker in their second set to win the set and force a deciding first-to-10 tiebreaker. They lost there, 10-2.
The No. 4 doubles team, with Maria Koop and Christina Hathaway, also forced a tiebreaking set, which they lost 10-6.
The No. 3 doubles team, with Sarah Meyer and Este Wilkinson, fought into a third set against Fruita and nearly won that, too, before finally falling 11-9.
“It’s good for them to get a break, and we’ll come back prepared for regionals,” Wykert said. “I know what they are capable of, and (Thursday) they just were not the best at showing it.”
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