Steamboat tennis 8th at state

— Steamboat Springs High School tennis coach said he was pleased. But his team was disappointed by its no-medal performance through the weekend at the state tennis tournament.

But Toy still was pleased.

“The kids wer­­en’t happy, but I was,” Toy said. “Next year, we’ll be back with all that experience from state. We’ll do a lot better.”

All seven of the Sailors entries into the season-ending event lost in the first two rounds of the championship bracket, but three got opportunities in the consolation bracket.

There, the team’s No. 1 singles player Colin Green, couldn’t overcome a bad back that slowed him throughout the tournament. He lost in the first consolation round, 6-1, 6-0, to Mullen’s Connor Arend.

Steamboat’s No. 3 singles player, Stefan Sortland, also got another crack, but couldn’t break through his first consolation match, falling 6-3, 6-2 to Niwot’s Allen Fu.

The Sailors’ only win in the consolation bracket came from the No. 1 doubles squad of Corbin Diehl and Ben Wharton. They defeated a Broomfield pair, 7-6(3), 6-2. They couldn’t get by a Colorado Academy pair and into the consolation finals, however, falling, 6-1, 6-2.

“We had some chances to go further in the tournament and we didn’t quite do that,” Toy said. “We ended up tied with Aspen for eighth place, so that’s pretty good.”

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