BROOMFIELD — After opening the season with a lengthy string of losses in dual matches, the Monarch girls tennis team turned things around on Tuesday when it beat Horizon at home. Traveling to Legacy on Thursday, the Coyotes knew they needed to build on that first victory in order to gain some form of momentum heading into the final stretch of the year.
Julia Gallant and Antonia Lin made sure the Coyotes came through.
The juniors, playing singles at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, set the tone early with dominating wins, and Monarch never looked back in cruising to a 6-1 victory over the Lightning. Lin defeated Legacy’s Audrianna Labato 6-1, 6-0, while Gallant refused to drop a game, besting Isabelle Bouher 6-0, 6-0.
“I was feeling pretty confident with my strokes today, just keeping the ball constant with a bit of pace on it,” Gallant said. “It’s important for us to get a win because we had a few hard matches, so it has been good to build our confidence these last couple.”
After completing their matches, Gallant and Lin and took a seat to watch sophomore Emma Scott earn a win and singles sweep for the Coyotes. Scott received more of a test than her teammates, having to battle her way to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Shelly Jassica at No. 3.
It looked as if the Lightning might finally take a set at No. 2 doubles, where partners Michelle Noonan and Michelle Moyer held a 5-3 lead in the first set tiebreaker. But Katie Mintle and Yuri Araki fought back to win four straight points and secure the set, 7-6(5). The duo went to win the second as well, 6-4, giving MHS yet another victory in straight sets and the fourth point necessary to win the dual.
“We just looked at it like we had to take it one point, one point,” Araki said, referring to the first set comeback.
Although Legacy was also able to play Monarch to a first set tiebreaker at No. 3 doubles, they were never quite able to get over the hump, falling again 7-5. It wasn’t until Alexandra Zinn and Jenifer Madsen took the first set at No. 4 doubles that the Lightning were able to break their streak of lost sets. Zinn and Madsen went on to beat Jessie Madeson and Dani Simon 6-4, 6-4 for the sole LHS point on the day.
“I think it’s great for us as a team,” Monarch coach Christopher Turner said. “It’s been tough for us this whole year to get to this stage. But I think the things we are doing in practice we are starting to apply in matches, and that’s nice.”
Both teams begin weekend tournaments Friday morning, with Legacy heading to the Windsor Invite and Monarch playing at Longmont.
Monarch 6, Leagacy 1
At Legacy H.S.
Singles — 1. Julia Gallant, Monarch, def. Isabelle Boucher, 6-0, 6-0; 2. Antonia Lin, Monarch, def. Audrianna Labato, 6-1, 6-0; 3. Emma Scott, Monarch, def. Shelly Jassica, 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles — 1. Teylor Greff-Darlene Wen, Monarch, def. Stephanie Ho-Audrey Puls, 6-0, 6-3; 2. Katie Mintle-Yuri Araki, Monarch, def. Michelle Noonan-Michelle Moyer, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; 3. Addy Lofstedt-Brittney Martell, Monarch, def. Liz Keil-Sydney Kochevar, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2; 4. Alexandra Zinn-Jenifer Madsen, Legacy, def. Jessie Madeson-Dani Simon, 6-4, 6-4.