Sailors earn split on Grand Junction courts |

Sailors earn split on Grand Junction courts

Steamboat Springs High School Sailors

— Balancing a roster thrown into flux by injuries and the sheer fact it hadn't played in nearly three weeks, the Steamboat Springs High School girls tennis team earned a split Friday during a trip to play two matches at Grand Junction.

The Sailors defeated Vail Mountain by winning six of the seven matches, then lost to Grand Junction, losing four of the seven.

"Even though we didn't have any matches in there, we really improved on a lot of the little things," coach John Aragon said, weighing the effect of the competition-free stretch in which two dates were canceled by weather.

"I was really pleased," he said.

Three Steamboat entries managed a clean sweep of their competition Friday.

Maddie Thompson pulled it off at No. 2 singles, defeating her Vail Mountain opponent handily, 6-0, 6-0, then her Grand Junction foe 6-0, 7-6.

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The second match, against Grand Junction, really caught Aragon's eye.

"That was probably the best start-to-finish match she's played," he said. "She dictated the action and beat a solid girl pretty easily."

Sabina Berend and Sydney Boyd, at No. 1 doubles, also won twice, 6-2, 6-4 against Vail and 6-4, 7-5 against Grand Junction, avenging a loss from earlier this season.

Anna Allsbury and Fena Metzler were clean at No. 4 doubles, defeating Vail 6-0, 6-2 and Grand Junction 6-3, 6-3

"They really compliment each other well on the court," Aragon said. "It was great to see them work, to see how much they've improved in such a short period of time."

Against Vail, Steamboat also got wins elsewhere. Maddie Labor won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. She lost 6-0, 6-1 against Grand Junction.

Surina Techarukpong and Lily Fox battled back after losing the first set to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 against Vail, then, with Christina Hathaway subbing in for Fox, lost 6-1, 6-3 against Grand Junction. Finally, Natalie Simon and Jordyn Hetrick beat Vail 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, then fell 6-4, 6-3 to Grand Junction.

Fox moved up to No. 2 singles for the Grand Junction match, losing 6-3, 6-4. Hathaway, meanwhile, held down that No. 2 singles spot against Vail, falling 6-1, 6-0.