BROOMFIELD — After inheriting a team that lost the top two singles players that led Broomfield to a third place finish at the Class 4A state tournament last year, first-year Eagles coach Justin Dilts was faced all season with the challenge of putting this year’s younger club in position to make a repeat run at a top-five mark at state.
Finally, that mission has been accomplished. Behind championship match victories at each of the top three doubles slots, Broomfield ran away from the pack in the team standings at the finals of the Class 4A Region 5 tournament on Thursday.
In addition to its top three doubles teams, Broomfield also advanced its No. 3 singles player, senior Madison Subry, to next week’s 4A state tournament in Pueblo.
“We’re just happy we’ve got a lot of people advancing,” Dilts said. “That’s always the goal, and winning the (regional) championship on top of that is a nice bonus. Really, getting everybody to Pueblo was the most important thing here.”
The Eagles’ top doubles team of Shivaun Wood and Monro Obenauer, both sophomores, rolled through the regional tournament, winning three matches in straight sets. Wood and Obenauer gained a measure of revenge in the finale, defeating the Thompson Valley duo of Emily Erickson and Samantha Sheets 6-2, 6-2.
Erickson and Sheets handed the Broomfield one of only two defeats they have suffered this season in the No. 1 doubles final of the George Washington Invitational.
“I think we just tried to play our hearts out this match, because last time we didn’t really play how we wanted to,” Wood said. “As soon as we started going to the net and hitting through our shots and moving forward–doing all our strategies that we practiced–things finally worked out for us.”
Broomfield’s No. 2 doubles team of Marisa Eafanti and Michele Midanier also won three straight set matches, winning the regional title by defeating the Longmont duo of Olivia Lance and Kayla Perarer.
Unlike the Eagles’ top two doubles teams, the No. 3 duo of Ali Dionigi and Cassandra Ho did not have the luxury of working with a first-round bye. Nevertheless, the pair recorded four victories during the two-day tournament, claiming the regional championship with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 victory against Centaurus’ Megan Niewoehner and Sydney Herman.
“Our threes came up huge because they kind of waltzed into this tournament without a whole lot to write home about,” Dilts said. “They were sitting there with an eight-seed, and they just found a way to play their best tennis of the year for four straight matches and get in.
“(Subry) too. She found a way to get it done, and that’s what matters. It’s going to be exciting. Having most of the team there in my first year this year, it’s kind of what I was hoping for. We’ll get a little bit of rest and turn our attention to the big show.”
Centaurus advanced to the 4A state tournament at three positions, including the Niewoehner-Herman No. 3 doubles team, as well as the Warriors’ top two singles players, sophomore Glenna Gee-Taylor and freshman Annie Fernandez.
Gee-Taylor lost an epic battle against Skyline’s Lisa Hug in the No. 1 singles final, dropping a 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-4 decision in a draining match that lasted more than 3 1/2 hours.
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Class 4A Region 5 Tennis
At Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club
Broomfield 66, Thompson Valley 49, Centaurus 41, Longmont 35, Skyline 22, Wheat Ridge 16, Erie 12, Silver Creek 8, Skyview 2, Weld Central 2.
Singles — 1. Lisa Hug, Skyline, def. Glenna Gee-Taylor, Centaurus, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2; 2. Hannah Gregory, Thompson Valley, def. Katie Christman, Broomfield, 6-0, 6-0; 3. Shannon Galligan, Thompson Valley, def. Madison Subry, Broomfield, 6-4, 6-0.
Doubles — 1. Shivaun Wood/Monro Obenauer, Broomfield, def. Emily Erickson/Samantha Sheets, Thompson Valley, 6-2, 6-2; 2. Marisa Eafanti/Michele Midanier, Broomfield, def. Olivia Lance/Kayla Pekarek, Longmont, 6-3, 6-3; 3. Ali Dionigi/Cassandra Ho, Broomfield, def. Megan Niewoehner/Sydney Herman, Centaurus, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2; 4. Rebeka Cowley/Ashley Wright, Longmont, def. Miranda Sheets/Andria Kelly, Thompson Valley, 6-4, 6-3.
LOCAL THIRD-PLACE MATCHES
Singles — 1. Dayna DeMeritte, Broomfield, def. Erika Land, Wheat Ridge, 7-5, 6-3; 2. Annie Fernandez, Centaurus, def. Cindy Davis, Skyline, 6-0, 6-2; 3. Erica Offerle, Centaurus, def. Dailyn Johnson, Longmont, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2).
Doubles — 4. Emily Lyneis/Amanda Burns, Silver Creek, def. Jasjit Mangat/Devyn Fontana, Centaurus, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.
LOCAL PLAYBACK FINALS
(Winners advance to state tournament)
Singles — 2. Annie Fernandez, Centaurus, def. Katie Christman, Broomfield, 6-0, 6-2; 3. Madison Subry, Broomfield, def. Erica Offerle, Centaurus, 6-4, 6-3.
Doubles — 4. Miranda Sheets/Andria Kelly, Thompson Valley, def. Emily Lyneis/Amanda Burns, Silver Creek, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).