BROOMFIELD — Mother Nature has been playing games with first-year Holy Family girls tennis coach Brittany Storgaard and her Tigers.
A nearly flawless spring — at least by Colorado standards — has only reared its ugly head on match days thus far.
The result? The Tigers had yet to play a competitive match a month into the season and Storgaard was wondering how her relatively new team would even fare.
If Friday is any indication, then the Tigers might be okay. Holy Family placed six of the seven positions in the top four and won the team race at the Broomfield Invitational at the Broomfield Swim and Tennis Club.
“It shows how hard we have been working these last couple of weeks of practice. I’m really proud of the girls,” Storgaard said. “We’ve had pretty good weather except for the days we were supposed to play, so we’ve actually been very fortunate this season.
“We’ll take the extra practice time to be ready to go.”
The Tigers will carry the momentum of the win into one of their busiest weeks of the season. They will play four dual matches next week and cap it off with another tournament next Saturday at Arapahoe.
“We are ready to go,” Storgaard said.
One of the few spots that didn’t change for Holy Family this season was at No. 1 singles. Junior Maddie Farver bounced back from a tough semifinal loss to capture third place against Monarch’s Emma Scott in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.
“I look at my game as a backboard and I wait for them to make the mistake and if I have the chance I put it away,” Farver said. “Even for me, when I play a backboard-style player, I know how frustrating that can be … so it must be frustrating for my opponent.”
Holy Family placed three of their four doubles team in the finals and finished third at No. 2. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Vivi Tran and Ellie Beyer earned the lone blue ribbon for the Tigers, beating Centaurus’ duo of Kelsea Krawetz and Eileen Findley 6-3, 6-3.
“Everybody wanted to come out and prove themselves today and I think they did that,” Storgaard said.
At third place at No. 2 singles, it was an all-Broomfield affair between Broomfield’s Marissa Eafanti and Tigers junior Tessa Nguyen. After dropping a tough match to eventual champion Madison Fortunato in the semifinals, Eafanti bounced back with a solid 6-3, 6-2 win to capture third.
“I’m really happy with third and proud of how I played,” said Eafanti, who is making the transition from doubles to singles this year. “It is always lot easier to get pumped up and motivated when you have someone else out there with you and it is a little different when you are out there by yourself.
“One of my personal challenges this year is to just stay positive and have a good attitude.”
Broomfield, which finished runner-up to Holy Family in the team race, crowned one champion on Friday. The No. 2 doubles team of Maddie Clements and Leandra Wallace outlasted Conifer sisters Megan and Lauren Freytag 6-4, 6-3 for the title.
In addition to Eafanti’s third-place finish, the Eagles also got a third-place finishes from senior Ali Dionigi at No. 3 singles — a 7-6 (7), 0-6, 13-11 marathon over Arvada West’s Maddie Teter — and the No. 1 doubles team of Jenni Sides and Anna Chrisman.
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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.
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.
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.