Steamboat tennis falls to Fruita Monument
Steamboat Springs — Still missing a few key players, the Steamboat Springs High School girls’ tennis team had a tougher time of it Saturday against visiting Fruita Monument than it did in the season opener Friday versus Aspen.
Saturday’s match at The Tennis Center was a 5-2 loss for the Sailors, their two wins coming at No. 2 and No. 3 singles.
“I thought it was another good team performance,” SSHS coach John Aragon said. “A couple of matches could have went either way. They just outplayed us.”
Aragon was most impressed by No. 2 singles player Maddie Thompson. The junior defeated Fruita Monument’s Tayvia Voytilla 2-6, 6-2, 10-6 to reach 2-0 on the season.
“Probably the best I’ve ever seen her play, start to finish,” Aragon said.
Steamboat No. 3 singles player Sabina Berend also went to 2-0, defeating Mia Maynard 7-6, 6-2. Maddie Labor, the Sailors’ No. 1 singles player, lost 6-0, 6-2 to Sarah Fleming.
All four of Steamboat’s doubles teams lost. The closest match was at No. 3 doubles, where Steamboat’s Natalie Simon and Jordyn Hetrick lost a heartbreaker, 6-2, 3-6, 10-7.
Next for the Sailors is a match with Durango on Thursday in Grand Junction. On Friday and Saturday, also in Grand Junction, Steamboat will compete in the Western Slope Tournament, which features numerous Class 4A and 5A teams.
“Next week, we’ll get the rest of our team back, and we’ll start getting in position and see what we can do with them,” Aragon said.
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