Steamboat tennis team hitting the hard courts

— The Steamboat Sailors will likely be playing in faster-paced games today as they move from the clay courts of the Steamboat Springs Tennis Center to a hard-court surface in Loveland.

The girls' tennis team, which defeated Longmont 5-2 at home last weekend, plays Thompson Valley at 10 a.m. in Loveland.

On Friday, Steamboat scrimmaged Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins.

"It's going to be interesting, just because this is going to be the last time since last summer that the girls have played outside," Sailors assistant coach Carol Baily said.

"The girls are looking forward to the road trip and they seem like they're ready and they're excited," she said.

Last week, No. 1 singles player Meagan Franks held off Longmont's Chelsea Laursen after watching her opponent rally in the second set.

Franks won the match 6-0, 7-6, (7-5).

"The girl that Meagan was playing was ranked third in the state," Baily said. "Meagan played really well and really smart."

Other Sailors who recorded wins last week were Allison Griffing (No. 2 singles) and Kim Heckbert (No. 3 singles).

Tara Weiss and Tiffany McGinn won their No. 2 doubles match and Stephanie Kammerer and Lacey Dodge won their No. 4 doubles match.

The Sailors' other starters Saturday will be Kandra Sharp and Ali Fisher (No. 1 doubles) and Laura Varsafsky and Sarah Davey (No. 3 doubles).

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