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Boulder freshman Annie Chen advanced to the No. 1 singles final of the Broomfield Invitational
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Boulder freshman Annie Chen advanced to the No. 1 singles final of the Broomfield Invitational

BROOMFIELD — Perhaps the best way to describe Boulder freshman Annie Chen’s game is raw.

The Panthers’ No. 1 singles player was handed the first loss of her career on Thursday against Fossil Ridge and then on Friday bounced back to make the finals at the Broomfield Invitational.

“She has obviously got raw talent,” first-year Boulder coach Jill Lintukorpi said. “She is fiercely competitive and and just a smart player, you can see it, the wheels are just turning constantly.”

In the finals against Arvada West’s Jazmine Gillette, Chen — the human equivalent of a backboard with her ability to return just about everything — had her hands full against the hard-hitting Wildcats senior.

After dropping the first set 6-4, Chen battled back in to win the second and force a third. Unfortunately, playing just a quick pro-set to 10, Chen couldn’t carry the momentum and lost the last set 10-2.

“It was a great second set and I really hit through,” said Chen, who is also an accomplished musician and breezing through calculus classes. “I did have some momentum, but she was playing well too.”

Chen had to use her smarts against Gillette, who finished the match with 28 winners — most from a blistering forehand — and was won the second set by keeping her off-balance and forced her to make the mistakes.

In the third, the unbeaten Gillette jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead and never looked back.

“I would much rather play a full set,” Chen said.

Boulder No. 3 singles player Jamie Young also made the finals and earned a straight set victory over Conifer’s Kaylee Keener, 6-3, 6-2.

Young didn’t have expectations coming into the tournament, which made the victory that much sweeter.

“I didn’t come here expecting to win, simply because there are a lot of challenging teams here,” she said. “This gives me a lot of confidence, especially since I was down in that first set of the finals.”

The Panthers finished tied for fourth in the team race, also aided by a third place finish at No. 4 doubles from Alyssa taylor and Ellie Johnson.

Centaurus’ Lynn Daniel made the finals at No. 2 singles and lost a tough two-set match to Arvada West’s Madison Fortunato, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Daniel was more than pleased with the effort and understands what she has to do to get better as the season rolls along.

“Coming out of a match like that, I really wanted to win, but I’m happy with how I played,” Daniel said. “I’m probably going to go to practice and work on my serves a lot, cause her serves with how deep she hit them and how consistently hard, that’s what I want to work on, because that is what beat me.”

The Warriors No. 1 doubles team of Kelsea Krawetz and Eileen Findley lost in the finals to Holy Family’s Vivi Tran and Ellie Beyer, 6-3, 6-3. Annie Nagel and Juliette Kaplan finished third, winning their final match of the day against Holy Family’s Annie Aylward and Carolyn Kozlowski in three sets.

Monarch’s No. 4 doubles team of Bree Emma and Nicole Harris took home the top spot with a 6-1, 6-2 straight set victory over Holy Family’s Jeanie Doan and Annie Nguyen.

It wasn’t all bad news for Holy Family. The Tigers, seeing their first competition of the season, won the tournament with 22 points. The hosts from Broomfield finished second and Centaurus was third.

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Team scores — 1. Holy Family 22, 2. Broomfield 27, 3. Centaurus 28, T4. Conifer 33, T4. Boulder 33, T4. Monarch 33, 7. Arvada West 35, 8. Columbine 41.

Championship matches

Singles — 1. Jazmine Gillette, Arvada West def. Annie Chen, Boulder, 6-4, 2-6, 10-2; 2. Madison Fortunato, Arcada West def. Lynn Daniel, Centaurus, 6-3, 7-6 (3); 3. Jamie Young, Boulder def. Kaylee Keener, Conifer, 7-5, 6-2.

Doubles — 1. Vivi Tran/Ellie Beyer, Holy Family def. Kelsea Krawetz/Eileen Findley, 6-3, 6-3; 2. Maddie Clements/Leandra Wallace, Broomfield def. Megan Freytag/Lauren Freytag, Conifer, 6-4, 6-3; 3. Carly Maloney/Leah Rogers, Columbine def. Alexi Ginther/Breanna Bartlett, Holy Family, 6-2, 6-4; 4. Bree Emma/Nicole Harris, Monarch def. Jeanie Doan/Annie Nguyen, Holy Family, 6-1, 6-2.

Third-place matches

Singles — 1. Maddie Farver, Holy Family def. Emma Scott, Monarch, 6-0, 6-2; 2. Marisa Eafanti, Broomfield def. Tessa Nguyen, Holy Family, 6-3, 6-2; 3. Ali Dionigi, Broomfield def. Maddie Teter, 7-6 (7), 0-6, 13-11.

Doubles — 1. Jenni Sides/Anna Chrisman, Broomfield def. Alanna Lacey/Hadley Tallackson, Monarch, 7-5, 6-2; 2. Annie Nagel/Juliette Kaplan, Centaurus def. Annie Aylward/Carolyn Kozlowski, Holy Family, 6-2, 4-6, 10-2; 3. Meghan Donahoe/Kate Minnihan, Centaurus def. Jenna Ireland/Sarah Huh, Broomfield, 6-2, 6-3; 4. Alyssa taylor/Ellie Johnson, Boulder won by forfeit over Kendra Riley/Noel Gemelli, Conifer.

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