This has been a turnaround season for the Broomfield Eagles tennis team.
They beat Boulder for the first time in "who knows how long," according to coach John Long, who has been around the program for years. They knocked off a Monarch squad that has had their number in recent years.
On Thursday, the Eagles got a chance to test their mettle against the Front Range's most powerful team, the Fairview Knights.
And while they didn't go in thinking they were going to run the Knights off the court, they wanted to show how far they have come. The results show they still have a little ways to go. Fairview made quick work of Broomfield, winning the dual 7-0.
"Our goal was to come in here and be competitive and I thought I did that in the first set and there are a few points that I'd like to change in the second set," said Broomfield senior captain Spencer Wolff, who fell in straight sets to Fairview's Tom Melville.
"We competed well with a high-caliber team like Fairview and hopefully we can come out and keep improving."
The ultimate team goal for Broomfield would be able to host a regional tournament, but for now the focus is on closing out the league slate on a winning note and then go into the conference tournament riding a wave of momentum.
The tall and lanky Melville threatened to make quick work of Wolff, going up 4-1 in the first. Wolff battled back, broke twice, and evened the set at 4-4 before Melville closed out the set.
"I'm playing well right now, serving well and doing everything I need to," Melville said. "I just need to focus on the bigger points, because in the bigger places, anything can happen."
Melville admittedly didn't play his most clean match, admitting it was a little tough to stay focused against the charismatic Wolff, but ultimately rolled to a straight set win.
The rets of the Knights all got off quickly. At No. 2 singles, Ethan Schacht beat Simon Lupo 6-1, 6-4 and at No. 3 singles, Graham Blanco whitewashed Eagles freshman Charlie Vanderberg 6-0, 6-0.
Fairview coach Chad Tsuda is thrilled about the prospects for his team despite their relative youth through the doubles ranks.
The Knights surrendered just 10 games on Thursday.
"I'm excited with this team and I think this whole team is gaining confidence," said Tsuda, whose team has faced powerhouses like Cherry Creek and Kent Denver in the last few weeks. "Being able to see those top teams and knowing we can compete. We just need to make sure we are getting better each week."
FAIRVIEW 7, BROOMFIELD 0
Singles — 1. Tom Melville def, Spencer Wolff, 6-4, 6-1; 2. Ethan Schacht def. Simon Lupo, 6-1, 6-4; 3. Graham Blanco def. Charlie Vanderberg, 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles — 1. Devin Harder/David Zhao def. Jack Vanderberg/Drew May, 6-1, 6-1; 2. Beck Chrisbens/Andy Wu def. Mason Lewis/Mitchell Manwaring, 6-1, 6-2; 3. Adam Chehadi/Brooks Savage def. Henry Kuhna/Blake Wood, 6-0, 6-0; 4. Hall Humphrey/Aaron Nguyen def. Andrew Episkopos/Chris Strobel, 6-4, 6-1.