BROOMFIELD — Dayna DeMeritte heaved a sigh of relief walking off the court Tuesday afternoon at the Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club.
It was a well deserved one at that, because the Broomfield sophomore has had a rocky run to the start of the season. Making the move from No. 3 to No. 1 singles has meant taking her lumps as she has gotten acclimated to the high-velocity style of tennis’ top tier. But DeMeritte’s patience finally paid off against Mountain View, with her first victory at the position coming in straight sets.
“It’s been a huge jump, because at No. 1 singles they hit a lot harder,” she said. “At No. 3s, it’s more of a lobbing game.”
DeMeritte’s win highlighted the Eagles’ 7-0 run against the Loveland team, but her 6-3, 6-1 win did not come without its share of drama.
Jordan Holland kept the match close in the first set, working a strong forehand for a few points. But something just clicked with DeMeritte as the match wore on, with the sophomore countering with her forehand and battering the Mountain Lion with her serve.
“I’ve been nervous my first two matches of the year, even coming into today,” DeMeritte said. “But I just forgot about the score and played, that made the difference.”
Broomfield’s win was the second of the Eagles’ season and the team’s most convincing. And it come at the right time of the year, with Broomfield’s most challenging regular-season match on the horizon.
“The goal was to keep our momentum moving for until next Tuesday (against Fairview),” Broomfield coach Justin Dilts said. “We know we’ve got to be even better then, even with today’s significant win.”
The 2011 Class 5A state runners up present a huge obstacle for Broomfield, but one that might tell which way the wind is blowing for the Eagles.
“It’s a measuring-stick match,” Dilts said. “They’re the best team we’ll see all year, even better than the teams we’ll see at state.”
The Eagles proved they can more than hold their own Tuesday, with the team winning all seven of its matches in straight sets.
The team’s most dominating doubles performance came from Shivan Wood and Monro Obenauer. The Eagles’ No. 1 duo never had a hiccup against Brianne Dupre and McKenna Eppersoo, beating the Lions 6-0, 6-0.
Katie Chrisman had Broomfield’s top singles performance, not relinquishing a game to Mountain View’s No. 2 singles player. But the first-year singles player was not the only one to show off her stuff against the Mountain Lions.
Her former No. 1 doubles partner Madison Subry also had a strong performance. The No. 3 singles player downed Mountain View’s Kelei Mueller 6-1, 6-1. But the stresses of her first year playing by herself were evident by the over-sized ice bag Subry apply to her right shoulder, after the match.
“I have two tears in my rotator cuff from two-and-a-half years ago,” the senior said. “It hurts right now, but we’ll see how it holds out.”
Broomfield 7, Mountain View 0
At Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club
Singles — 1. Dayna DeMeritte, Broomfield def. Jordan Holland, 6-3, 6-1; 2. Katie Chrisman, Broomfieled def. Danielle Sheffler, 6-0, 6-0 ; 3. Full Madison Suby, Broomfield def. Kelei Mueller, 6-1, 6-1.
Doubles — 1. Shivan Wood/Monro Obenauer, Broomfield def. Brianna Dupre/McKenna Eppersoo, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Michelle Midanier/Marisa Eafanti, Broomfield def. Sabin Berzina/Taylor Long, 6-0, 6-1; 3. Ali Dionigi/Cassandra Ho, Broomfield def. Jessica Lans/Meaghan Tattersheull, 6-1, 6-3; 4. Mikaela Clements/Renee Suggins, Broomfield def Tiffany Filler/Staley Morgan, 6-2, 6-0.