BROOMFIELD -- If you listen closely enough to Broomfield's Katie Herby when she is on the court, you just might hear her singing.
It's her defense mechanism that kicks in when she starts to overthink things.
"It's one of those things that when I catch myself doing it," she said, "I can get myself out of it."
On Friday afternoon, with the cold wind gusting and making playing conditions downright miserable for a majority of the match against Holy Family's Julia Giltner, Herby only got a few verses in to the song of the day — "The Star Spangled Banner" — before her frustration subsided.
"It was the first song that came to mind," said Herby, after her 6-3, 7-5 straight set victory.
Herby's victory was instrumental in the Eagles 5-2 team triumph over the Tigers.
After each player held serve through the first four games of the match, it was Herby that seized momentum with the first break to go up 3-2 and eventually allowed her to close out the first set.
It was momentum that carried over to the second set and saw her nearly run away and hide from Giltner at 4-0.
But Giltner made a run, especially when the wind calmed down, to get back to 4-3 and later 5-5. Herby was able to win the last two games to win the match.
"The are certain physical things and tactical things that you can do to help yourself," said Herby, who improved to 3-1 this season and has visions of making it to state in her senior season. "Part of it is knowing that sometime you are going to hit a ball and the wind is just not going to help you.
"You just have to be able to get over that an move on and the hardest part for me is to just not get frustrated."
One court over at No. 2 singles, Giltner's twin sister Paige had more success agaianst the Eagles' Ana Horvath. Paige Giltner won in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-3 in a match that will go a along way confidence-wise.
After a tough start to the season, that included scrimmage defeats to Niwot and Ralston Valley as well as another one that counted to Lakewood, she was happy to get a victory.
"I really needed this because the last few times out have really been a struggle," said Paige Giltner, who was a quarterfinalist last season in Class 3A. "As a team, we are definitely improving and it just took us a couple of weeks to really get into it."
Broomfield's Allyson Horvath rallied for a three set victory over Tigers senior An Tran 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
The Eagles No. 3 doubles team of Molly Conroy and Danielle Latimer made the team result official when they too recovered from a early setback to beat Lindsey Bartoletta and Ari Rabor, 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4).
BROOMFIELD 5, HOLY FAMILY 2
At Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club
Singles — 1. Katie Herby, Broomfield def. Julia Giltner, 6-3, 7-5; 2. Paige Giltner, Holy Family def. Ana Horvath, 7-6 (4), 6-3; 3. Allyson Horvath, Broomfield def. An Tran, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles — 1. Ciara Donovan/Lexi Licata, Holy Family def. Olivia Belton/Sydnie Ho, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4; 2. Ellie Penner/Maghan Roylance, Broomfield def. Caroline Smolky/Emily Lindoerfer, 6-2, 6-2; 3. Molly Conroy/Danielle Latimer, Broomfield def. Lindsey Bartoletta/Ari Rabor, 2-6, 6-0, 7-6 (4); 4. Kennedy Styer/Cassidy Sutton, Broomfield def. Evelyn Mojica/Aracely Portillo, 6-2, 6-2.