Girls tennis notebook: Broomfield’s Shivaun Wood wins in state debut

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    Broomfield's Dayna DeMeritte hits a return in a first-round loss on Thursday at the 4A state tennis tournament.

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    Centaurus No. 2 singles player Annie Fernandez fires a shot during a first-round loss at the 4A state tennis tournament Thursday.

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PUEBLO — After two trips to state tennis with a partner, Broomfield’s Shivaun Wood is enjoying a little alone time.

Playing No. 3 singles at the 4A state tournament this season, she wasted no time in showing her comfort level without a teammate’s support on the court.

The Eagles junior defeated Coronado’s Amanda Nickless 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals.

“It’s kind of weird being out there by myself on the court but I kind of like it better,” Wood said. “I don’t have anyone else to blame. It’s all-or-nothing. It’s good to go out there and give it your all and focus on yourself a little bit more.”

Wood played No. 2 doubles her freshman year and No. 1 as a sophomore.

Still alive in the championship bracket, Wood will face top-seeded Suzy Xiao from St. Mary’s in the quarterfinals on Friday at 9 a.m.

“I’m looking forward to playing better and getting more of my serves in tomorrow,” Wood said. “This win was really big.”


KELLE AND MADDIE MAKE IT

After finishing third at regionals last season, Longmont’s Kelle Kloster and Maddie Precht were driven to qualify in 2013.

Done and done, and then some.

Kloster and Precht defeated Air Academy’s Julia Madsen and Cheyenne Pugin in the first round on Thursday.

“We came into the match knowing we accomplished our goal for the season of getting here,” Precht said. “We made a new goal to win our first match and we put it all out there. It worked.”

With another shot to move forward on Friday, Kloster said the Trojans pair will stick with what got them this far.

“We just played calm, relaxed and smart,” Kloster said. “We changed things up and it worked for us. We just always work together.”

 

CENTAURUS SOPHOMORE

In her second season in high school, Centaurus sophomore Annie Fernandez made her second state tournament appearance at No. 2 singles on Thursday.

In the first round, Fernandez lost 6-4, 1-6, 2-6 in a marathon three-hour match to Thompson Valley’s Belen Vidal.

“It was just a great match,” Fernandez said. “She was just a great opponent and I was so happy with how we played. It was great.”

Only a year ago, Fernandez’s Warriors teammate Glenna Gee-Taylor, who defeated D’Evelyn’s Lorraine Smith 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday, was taking her sophomore lumps in the first round.

“She’s such a great support, she’s always there helping me,” Fernandez said. “We’re really good friends.”


PUMAS PROGRESS

Peak to Peak’s Amy Haberthier and Rachel Reeser are still undefeated after beating Pueblo Central’s Bailey Trevithick and Julianna Cervi 6-3, 6-0 in the first round of the state No. 1 doubles bracket.

The Pumas pair is hoping the match-to-match approach they’ve had will help guide them to the podium.

“It’s just another match,” Haberthier said. “Yes, it’s state. But you’re only as good as how you play that day.”


NOTABLE

Holy Family No. 3 doubles pair Kelly Dempsey and Kailey Silverstein won their first-round match to advance to quarterfinals. … All three of Alexander Dawson’s singles players, Fiona Bell at No. 1, Briannah Wilson at No. 2 and Jill Howarth at No. 3, all lost their first-round matches.

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