LAFAYETTE — It has been one heck of a week for the Boulder girls tennis team.
It may go down as one of the most successful in the programs recent history.
It started on Tuesday when the Panthers scored their first win in well over a decade over cross town rival Fairview 6-1. And then on Saturday, the Panthers continued their winning ways at the Centaurus Tournament, taking six of the seven positions and claiming their first bit of hardware — winning the overall team title with 8 points to Vail Mountain's 26 — in quite some time.
"For me personally, I feel more part of it now than I did last year and we have all bonded more," sophomore No. 1 singles player Gigi Jensen said. "It's fun to support them and even more fun when you see them supporting you."
Jensen had a tough championship draw in the finals, facing Standley Lake's Rachel Nguyen.
The Gators senior, who was a quarterfinalist last year in Class 4A, made quick work of Jensen in the eight game pro-set — that tournament officials went to early in the day in order to get all the matches in before the weather hit one more time, 8-2.
"I didn't have a lot of confidence in the beginning against her," Jensen said. "And then I thought I should try to trust my swings and not think about the outcome, and that really helped."
The rest of the young Panthers cruised.
At No. 2 singles, junior Grace Geer beat Vail Mountain's Skyler Barr 8-4.
On the adjacent court, sophomore No. 3 singles player Melissa Hornung won by the same score against the Gore Rangers' Sophie Daniel.
"Last year was very solo oriented, because we were not all winning," said Hornung, who played doubles last year as a freshman. "This year we are all winning and cheering each other on and it feels more like a team."
Boulder swept through the doubles as well.
Mahima Gurung and Tatum Smith — both freshmen — were pushed to the brink in their championship match against Windsor's Natalie Talbot and Kiley Smith, winning 8-7, 7-0 in the tiebreaker.
Emily Paul and Keeva Donohue, who teamed up to finish third at state last season at No. 4 doubles, rolled to the No. 2 title 8-3 over Berthoud's Delaney Fouts and Meghan Lucero at nearby Centennial Courts.
Also at Centennial, the No. 3 tandem of Fiona Quinn ad Sally Johnson were 8-1 winners over Vail Mountain's Mia Cooper and Bayli McSpadden.
Finally at No. 4 doubles, another all freshmen team of Ellie Huettel and Lucy Paul whitewashed the Berthoud duo of Delaney Lord and Natalie Hyde, 8-0.
Team scores — Boulder 8, Vail Mountain 26, Berthoud 28, Windsor 34, Peak to Peak 37, Standley Lake 38, Centaurus 40, Prospect Ridge 41.
Singles — 1. Rachel Nguyen, Standley Lake def. Gigi Jensen, Boulder, 8-2; 2. Grace Geer, Boulder def. Skyler Barr, Vail Mountain, 8-4; 3. Melissa Hornung, Boulder def. Sophie Daniel, Vail Mountain, 8-4.
Doubles — 1. Mahima Gurung/Tatum Smith, Boulder def. Natalie Talbot/Kiley Smith, Windsor, 8-7 (0); 2. Emily Paul/Keeva Donohue, Boulder def. Delaney Fouts/Meghan Lucero, Berthoud, 8-3; 3. Fiona Quinn/Sally Johnson, Boulder def. Mia Cooper/Bayli McSpadden, Vail Mountain, 8-1; 4. Ellie Huettel/Lucy Paul, Boulder def. Delaney Lord/Natalie Hyde, Berthoud, 8-0.