Tatum Burger wins, but Sailors girls tennis falls to Ralston Valley
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team may have fallen, 6-1, to undefeated Ralston Valley on Friday, but the Sailors certainly made the Mustangs earn every point and set.
“They were ready for us,” Steamboat coach John Aragon said. “(Mustangs coach Kim Greason) had her girls more ready to play than I did. I complimented her on that.”
Steamboat No. 1 singles player Tatum Burger continued her stellar season by beating Ralston Valley’s Bella Melena, 7-5, 7-5. Ralston Valley took over from there.
Sailors No. 2 singles player Maddie Thompson fell, 6-0, 6-0, to Risa Eck. Maddie’s sister, Emmie Thompson, was edged by Murphy Harr, 6-4, 6-2.
In doubles play, Steamboat kept pace with the Mustangs’ pairs, but the Class 5A players earned their way to a sweep.
Steamboat’s No. 1 singles team of Hanna Haggarty and Maddie Labor were downed, 6-4, 6-4, and the Sailors’ No. 2 team of Sabina Berend and Sydney Boyd were taken down, 6-2, 6-4.
Norma Techarukpong and Shae Burger, at No. 3 singles, dropped a tight one, 6-3, 6-4. Steamboat’s No. 4 doubles pair of Shannon Ross and Annika Fahrner continued to make strides, winning the first set of their match, 6-3, before falling in the next two, 6-2, 6-2.
“I’m really, really pleased with Shannon and Annika and how well they played together,” Aragon said. “Shannon showed some great senior leadership. I was pleased how they complemented one another.”
Steamboat will stay on the Front Range for Saturday to battle both Boulder at 9 a.m. and Air Academy at 11 a.m.
“We’re going to see if we can step it up and use this as a learning scenario before regionals and state,” Aragon said.
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The Steamboat Springs No. 1 doubles pair of Liesel Wilkinson and Amanda Dietrich did not expect to do so well at the Colorado High School Activities Association 3A state tennis tournament.