No love for Aspen High girls tennis vs. Steamboat |

No love for Aspen High girls tennis vs. Steamboat

After stringing together four consecutive matchplay victories to open the season, the Aspen High girls tennis team stumbled against Steamboat Springs Saturday in Grand Junction.Foul weather forced late matches indoors, and Aspen lost 6 matches to one. The No. 3 doubles pair of senior Reilly Gallagher and sophomore Robin Landis were Aspen’s lone winners on the day.And this after Aspen had won its first four matches – against Vail Mountain, Montrose, Roaring Fork and Hotchkiss – by margins of 6 matches to one, or better.”So we got the other end of the 6-1 stick,” Aspen coach Sherrill Kerr said. “But it should’ve been 4-3. Shoulda, coulda, woulda.”Aspen’s No. 2 doubles pair, Maggie Hoffman and Teagan Walter, and the Skiers’ No. 2 singles player, Teige Muhlfeld, played their Steamboat opponents tight, forcing three set matches.”Really close,” said Kerr. “It could’ve gone either way. And we had to finish them indoors because it started raining. It was nasty out.””It’s really hard for the girls,” Kerr continued. “We play indoors on clay up here and then all of a sudden they’re outdoors in the elements and at lower altitude. But Steamboat’s really tough, they always are. And Steamboat remains our toughest competition in the region.”On Friday, the AHS team, which features seven seniors, travels to play in a six-team tournament in Longmont. On Saturday, Aspen will face Longmont High in a head-to-head matchplay contest; that afternoon, the Skiers will scrimmage Eaton.Aspen travels to face Cortez and Durango, April 22-23, respectively, before looking to Class 4A Western Slope Regional Tournament. There, Aspen will meet Steamboat once again.”Matches like Saturday against Steamboat are part of the process,” said Kerr. “But we’ll be ready for them when it counts at regionals, sneak attack-style.”Tim Mutrie’s e-mail address is

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