Mae Thorp leads Steamboat girls tennis in strong weekend |

Mae Thorp leads Steamboat girls tennis in strong weekend

Steamboat sophomore Mae Thorp won a Front Range tennis tournament on Saturday.

A confident tennis player forces the action instead of reacting to it, Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis coach Kristyn Wykert said. And, through the weekend, her team’s No. 1 player, sophomore Mae Thorp, was as confident as she’s ever been.

For Thorp, that paid off in a win at a strong Front Range tournament, the Longmont Invitational.

“Instead of reacting to their ball, she was creating the points,” Wykert said. “Her confidence on the court has gone through the roof. She knows what she needs to do.”

The result was the team’s best of the weekend, but a strong all-around performance only helped the team to a fourth-place finish in the event.

Steamboat’s No. 3 doubles team with Este Wilkinson and Maddie Heydon also had a big weekend, placing third.

“They just work really well together moving on the court,” Wykert said. “They talk to each other, have great chemistry, and that really helps. They set up the point instead of reacting off of it, so they can move toward the net instead of playing it out until someone makes a mistake.”

Steamboat won at least one match in ever division, then got fourth-place finishes from Amy Speer and Amanda Walker at No. 2 doubles and Maria Koop and Christina Hathaway at No. 4 doubles.

The squad will bring its momentum back to the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs for a match Thursday. The team will play at 2 p.m. at the Tennis Center against Basalt.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9.

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