Often, big-event experience can play a key role in an athlete or team having success.
That certainly wasn’t the case on Saturday for the No. 4 doubles team at Longmont.
Fiona Patterson and Cynthia Mosness won the No. 4 doubles title at the Longmont Invitational, defeating Monarch’s Hannah Kim and Grace Tallmon in the finals, 6-1, 6-2.
“We just took it one point at a time and just tried to forget our mistakes and build off of that,” said Mosness, a sophomore.
That duo gave the host Trojans its only first-place finish of the event, but Longmont walked away feeling pretty good about the overall results. Longmont finished in the top four in five of the seven spots.
“I’m happy with the way we played,” head coach Michael Merz said.
Peak to Peak ran away with the team title, while Longmont was fourth. Erie finished seventh in the nine-team event.
For Mosness and Patterson, getting the win was a big deal. Neither of them had ever played in a high school tournament. Mosness is just a sophomore, while Patterson is a senior who went out for the tennis team for the first time this year.
“This is pretty much the first time I’ve actually ever done tennis, so it’s really exciting,” Patterson said.
Patterson and Mosness went 3-0 during the two-day event, losing just eight games along the way. They improved to 6-1 on the season.
The Trojans’ No. 2 doubles team also reached the finals. Ashley Wright and Morgan Christensen went 3-0 to get to Saturday’s championship match, but lost in three sets to Peak to Peak’s Jenny Seo and Galen Roda, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
“It was definitely a tough match,” said Wright, a senior. “I was proud that in the second set we were able to totally come back and get that.”
Wright, who finished third at state at No. 4 doubles last year, said that despite Saturday’s loss, she feels good about where she and Christensen are at this point in the season.
“We’re ready for regionals,” she said. “We’re excited.”
Longmont’s No. 3 doubles team (Ashley Raykovitz and Lexi Knutson) defeated Erie to place third.
No. 1 singles player Maggie Fell and the No. 2 doubles team of Kelle Kloster and Maddie Precht finished fourth. Kloster and Precht were undefeated before a pair of losses to Eaton in this tournament.
Considering poor weather this spring has limited how much his team has been able to practice and play, Merz said he was encouraged by the overall performance of his team.
“It was pretty cool to see the girls come out and just compete,” he said. “We still have things to work on and things to clean up, but they competed and that was really cool, from No. 1 singles all the way down to No. 4 doubles.”
Longmont is scheduled to play five matches next week, Merz said.
“I think by the end of next week we’re going to be an even better team,” he said. “Then, when regionals come around, I think we’re going to be pretty tough to beat. I think we could win it all if we compete as well as we did this week.”
Erie had its No. 3 and No. 4 doubles teams place fourth.
At Longmont H.S.
Team scores — Peak to Peak 62, Steamboat Springs 51, Eaton 36, Longmont 35, Monarch 31, Rampart 19, Erie 5, Niwot JV 0, Skyline 0.
No. 1 singles — Jessica Lin, Peak to Peak, def. Julia Gallant, Monarch, 6-0, 6-2.
No. 2 singles — Katherine Lin, Peak to Peak, def. Ellie Bender, Steamboat Springs, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 3 singles — Kira Lorenzen, Steamboat Springs, def. Kayleigh Schmidt, Rampart, default (illness).
No. 1 doubles — Amy Haberthier/Rachel Reeser, Peak to Peak, def. Katie Spencer/Shealie Jenkins, Steamboat Springs, 6-2, 6-0.
No. 2 doubles — Jenny Seo/Galen Roda, Peak to Peak, def. Ashley Wright/Morgan Christensen, Longmont, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
No. 3 doubles — Karen Sigg/Abigail Sanford, Eaton, def. Hannah Haggarty/Maria Fraiola, Steamboat Springs, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 4 doubles — Fiona Patterson/Cynthia Mosness, Longmont, def. Hannah Kim/Grace Tallmon, Monarch, 6-1, 6-2.
No. 1 singles — Courtney Lockey, Eaton, def. Maggie Fell, Longmont, 7-6(7-5), 6-4.
No. 2 singles — Leya Hartman, Rampart, def. Megan Ice, Eaton, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 3 singles — Brittany Guidetti, Peak to Peak, def. Katie Mintle, Monarch, 6-3, 6-1.
No. 1 doubles — Katherine Harper/Maddy Shelton, Eaton, def. Kelle Kloster/Maddie Precht, Longmont, 6-3, 6-2.
No. 2 doubles — Maddy Labor/Brooke Metzler, Steamboat Springs def. Alysa Remington/Danni Simon, Monarch, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 3 doubles — Ashley Raykovitz/Lexi Knutson, Longmont, def. Natalie Sinks/Becca Vincent, Erie, 6-1, 6-1.
No. 4 doubles — Sydney Boyd/Sabena Berend, Steamboat Springs, def. Sammi Grenier/Kaitlyn Thornton, Erie, 6-0, 6-2.