BROOMFIELD — The Broomfield girls tennis team had every reason to relinquish its regional crown this season. But when everything was said and done Friday, the Eagles still found themselves queens of the court.
The team ran away with what coach Justin Dilts believed was the team’s fourth consecutive Class 4A Region 5 title at the Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club. And it claimed two individual championships in the process. But coming out on top yet again in the state qualifying tournament was not something that came together overnight for the Eagles.
It was a season-long effort for Broomfield to piece together a winning lineup after key graduations and defections took their toll.
“We persevered and it came together,” Broomfield No. 2 doubles player Lindsey Ross said. “We just remained obnoxiously positive.”
While Dilts was impressed with his team’s overall effort, it was the players who claimed titles that had the coach sky high. Shivaun Wood at No. 3 singles, and Ross and Cassandra Ho at No. 2 doubles endured the brunt of the team’s shuffling and reshuffling this season.
Wood jumped to singles, forgoing what was certain to be a strong doubles season. And Ross and Ho entered regionals without a full season of playing with each other. The partners jumped all over the lineup, stopgaps wherever they were needed to help the team win.
“It says a lot about who they are,” said Dilts, whose team has five position qualified for state. “There’s been a lot of stuff they’ve had to deal with this year — injuries, challenge matches back and forth. They’ve had great attitudes through all of it.”
Broomfield’s season had some twists and turns, but the drama made the individual and team titles all the more sweet.
“It’s kind of like I’m in dreamland,” Wood said. “I didn’t expect to be here at the beginning of the season. But now that I’m here I am really satisfied with myself.”
Entering Friday’s finals with five positions vying for titles, three in head-to-head competition with Broomfield, Longmont had its eye on the team title. But the Trojans were in for a shock in the team race with Holy Family edging them out of runner-up status.
“It was kind of weird, especially since we’re bringing so many girls to state,” Longmont coach Michael Merz said. “But really the reason we’re here is to get girls to Pueblo. We’re going to have a great time, its a big party and we’ll be there to compete.”
Holy Family was one point behind Longmont entering Friday, but crept up on the Trojans by winning all four of it’s third-place matches. The Tigers also qualified three positions for state, one coming from the day’s most dominant finals performance.
Kelly Demsey and Kailey Silverstein skewered Longmont in the No. 3 doubles finals, not relinquishing a game in their 6-0, 6-0 victory.
“This is our second year in a row winning regionals and no feeling compares to it,” Demsey said. “We played a lot better this year, as well.”
While Merz was surprised by getting edged in the end, the coach did not shed any tears. With four positions slated for state — two off regional championships — it was one of the best showings the team has had in his 10 years at the helm.
The finish also had the Trojans amped up about their potential, once they hit Pueblo. This especially went for the team’s No. 1 doubles partners, Maddie Precht and Kelle Kloster.
“We so excited,” Kelle Kloster said. “It’s going to be so fun.”
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Class 4A Region 5 Tournament
At Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club
Team scores — Broomfield 63, Holy Family 55, Longmont 51, Centaurus 46, Skyview 9, Silver Creek 7, Fort Morgan 4, Skyline 3, Erie 2, Fort Lupton 1.
Singles — 1. Glenna Gee-Taylor, Centaurus, def Dayna DeMeritte, Broomfield, 6-0, 6-2; 2. Annie Fernandez, Centaurus, def. Dailyn Johnson, Longmont, 6-0, 6-1; 3. Shivaun Wood, Broomfield, def. Maeve Donovan, Holy Family, 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles — 1. Maddie Precht/Kelle Kloster, Longmont, def. Michelle Midanier/Marissa Eafani, Broomfield, 6-2, 6-1; 2. Lindsey Ross/Cassandra Ho, Broomfield, def. Morgan Christensen/Ashley Wright, Longmont, 7-6 (7-1),6-2; 3. Kelly Demsey/Kailey Silverstein, Holy Family, def. Lexi Knutson/Ashley Raykovitz, Longmont, 6-0/6-0; 4. Fiona Patterson/Cynthia Mosness, Longmont, def. Ali Dionigi/Jordan Schroeder, Broomfield, 6-2, 6-3.
Singles — 1. Maddisen Farver, Holy Family, def. Shelby Drnovsek, Skyview, 6-1, 6-0; 2. Alicia Everson, Holy Family, def. Monro Obenauer, Broomfield, 6-2, 6-2; 3. Lynn Daniel, Centaurus, def. Brig Winn, Silver Creek, 6-2, 6-2.
Doubles — 1. Julianne Grecco/Tressa Nguyen, Holy Family, def. Erica Offerle/Dakota d’Orenzio, Centaurus, 6-2, 6-2; 2. Vivi Tran/Jennifer Nguyen, Holy Family, def. Ally Kell/Juliette Kaplan, Centaurus, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; 3. Andi Martinsen/Marissa Anderson, Broomfield, def. Eileen Findly/Kelsea Krawetz, Centaurus, 6-3, 6-0; 4. Ellyson Beyer/Victoria Montoya, Holy Family, def. Annie Nagel/Katelyn Nagel, Centaurus, 7-5, 7-5.
(Winner qualifies for state)
Singles — 1. Dayna DeMeritte, Broomfield, def. Maddisen Farver, Holy Family, 6-3, 6-2.
Doubles — 1. Andi Martinsen/Marissa Anderson, Broomfield, def. Lexi Knutson/Ashley Raykovitz, Longmont, 6-4, 6-3. 4. Ellyson Beyer/Victoria Montoya, Holy Family, def. Ali Dionigi/Jordan Schroeder, Broomfield, 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-1.