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Undefeated tennis squad gets a scare but rolls to sixth win

The Glenwood Springs Demons gave the Steamboat Springs girls’ tennis team its biggest challenge of the season on Saturday.

But despite losing two out of the three singles matches, the Sailors were able to rally for the 5-2 win and remain undefeated in head-to-head matches this season.

“It was really messed up,” Sailor Kandra Sharp said. “Some people played Paonia first, others played Glenwood and we had to play at three different sites. We didn’t know how any of our teammates were doing until it was all over.”



What Sharp, a junior, did know was that the Sailors’ No.1 player, Meagan Franks, fell to Demon Nellie Hauff in a 6-2, 6-2 match to shock the Sailors early in the contest. Glenwood scored another upset in the No. 2 slot as Demon Jenna Romero topped Sharp in another 6-2, 6-2 match.

“There is no doubt,” Sharp said. “Glenwood gave us our biggest challenge — so far.”



But, the Sailors did not surrender another point in the April 1 match.

Allison Griffing sparked the rally with a hard-fought victory over Chelsea St. Pierce in the No. 3 match.

Griffing took the first set 6-1, but St. Pierce battled back to even the match with a 6-1 win of her own.

But in the final set, Steamboat’s Griffing came out looking strong and took the contest with a 6-2 set win.

The Sailors’ doubles teams also helped ensure the win as Kim Heckbert and Tiffany McGinn won the No. 1 doubles match over Glenwood’s Jennifer Krohe and Desi Degeus. Sailors Tori Austin and Laura Varsafsky topped Demons Carlie McCallum and Erin Leighty in straight sets in the No. 2 slot.

Steamboat also posted a win in the No. 3 match with Ali Fisher and Tara Weiss posting a 6-3, 6-2 win over Jen Cable and Crystal Carver. Steamboat’s Kristin Bender and Sarah Davey completed the Steamboat doubles sweep in the No. 4 match.

Steamboat’s junior varsity players, Kellie Leslie, Carly Schmidt, Amy Jo Lewis, Katie Noble and Christina Klein, also posted wins over Glenwood.

The win over Glenwood took place at the same time the Steamboat varsity was also posting a 6-1 varsity win over Paonia in Glenwood.

Steamboat’s Franks, Sharp and Griffing swept the singles brackets. In doubles, the Sailors’ No. 1 team (Heckbert-McGinn), No. 3 team (Fisher-Weiss) and No. 4 team (Bender-Davey) also posted wins.

“We are a young team,” Sharp said. “We lost a lot of seniors last year. But we all get along really well and we are just having a lot of fun.”

The only loss in the Paonia match came in the No. 2 slot where Paonia’s Jessica Mock and Misty Keating topped Steamboat’s Austin and Varsafsky.

The Sailors have now won the first six matches of the season, including a first-week scrimmage against Salida. Next, the squad faces hard-hitting Mullen, Saturday at home.

“They are supposed to be really tough,” Sharp said. “We are looking at it as a pretty big test. If we can win some of the harder matches this season, then we have a good shot a sending some more people to state this year.

That match will begin at 9 a.m. at the Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

–To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@amigo. net


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