Tennis team pulls off major upset
September 26, 2001
Steamboat Springs — It took everything the Sailors had, but on Tuesday night the Steamboat Springs boys tennis team managed to upset top-ranked Kent Denver in Denver.
Steamboat’s No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams proved to be the difference, coming away with three-set match victories to lift the Sailors to a 4-3 win down the stretch.
“We finally beat them,” Sailors coach John Aragon said. “It was a great team effort and we had a couple of individuals step it up at the end and that really made it happen.”
The Sailors’ No. 1 singles player, Rich Tifft, collected his ninth win of the season by topping Clayton Miller 6-2, 6-3 to lead the Sailors. Carter Allen also came through in the No. 3 slot with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kent’s Dave Law.
Steamboat’s Joe Cutler lost a tough 6-2, 6-2 match to Nick Julia in the No. 2 slot.
Kent Denver evened the match as Owen McMillan and Adam Kamlet handed Steamboat’s No. 1 doubles team of Jeff Aragon and David Upbin its first loss of the season.
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Kent also scored a team point in the No. 4 slot as Neal Tochihara and Justin Malones topped Steamboat’s Patrick Ayres and Jonathan Soloman in a 6-1, 6-2 match.
But Steamboat’s Matt Mooney and Danny Martin came through with a huge victory over Ben and Will Kurtz at the No. 2 slot. The match went three sets with the Steamboat team losing the first, 6-2, but rebounding with 7-5 and 6-4 wins in the final two sets.
Steamboat’s No. 3 team also rallied in the final two sets of its match to secure a win. Kent’s Joey Foster and Bryan Tochihara won the first set, 6-1. But Steamboat’s Andrew Kruger and Matt Ramsey fired back winning the final two sets 7-5 and 6-4.