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Tennis team opens league with win

— The Steamboat Springs Sailors boys tennis team opened league play Friday with an impressive 7-0 win over the host Delta Panthers.

“Delta isn’t the best team we’ve played this season, but our guys played well. I’m really pleased with the way we performed,” coach John Aragon said.

Aragon is hoping the win will boost his players’ confidence for two more league opponents who are on the schedule for today.

Steamboat will face off against Cedaredge at 9 a.m. before taking on Hotchkiss at 11 a.m. Both matches will be played in Delta.

“Hotchkiss has been beating everybody down here,” Aragon said. “They’re supposed to have a pretty good team. I guess we will find out.”

On Friday, the Sailors rolled over the Panthers by winning all seven points in the dual match.

Jonathan Solomon topped Delta’s Alex Levine (6-0, 6-1) in the No. 1 spot, Patrick Ayres defeated Jay Wilson (6-2, 6-0) in the No. 2 position and Andrew Krueger rolled over Pat James (6-0, 6-0) to complete the sweep in the singles.

In doubles, it was Ryan Zeeb and Matt Ramsey topping Kyle Bixenmann and Kyle Olsen (7-5, 6-1) in the No. 1 doubles slot, Danny Weiss and Chris Timmerman topped David Latck and Javier Lujon (6-0, 6-0) in the No. 2 spot and Pete Zimmer and Brett Langstaff defeated Trevor Mott and Tim Brecken (6-1, 6-0) in the No. 3 doubles position.

Steamboat completed the sweep as the No. 4 doubles team of Alex Griffing and Ben Robbins topped Chris Tanner and Shae Bietler (6-0, 6-0) for the Sailors’ seventh match point of the night.

The Sailors’ junior varsity team split matches against Delta’s varsity players. Graham and Christian Hogrefe as well as Jon Reese and David Compton won matches. The junior varsity squad only fielded one singles player and three doubles teams for the match.


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