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Broomfield freshman Sydnie Ho made her state tournament debut at No. 2 doubles alongside Ana Horvath.
Broomfield freshman Sydnie Ho made her state tournament debut at No. 2 doubles alongside Ana Horvath.

DENVER — It’s amazing what happens between the lines when you start to have a little fun.

Broomfield’s No. 2 doubles team of Ana Horvath and Sydnie Ho knew what they were up against in the first round of the Class 5A state tennis tournament at Gates Tennis Center, but after playing so well the week before at regionals, it didn’t matter.

“If we play like we did at regionals, we would have killed them,” said Broomfield coach Tara Tovar of her team’s first-round foes from Fairview. “They were just so nervous. It was freshmen in their first state tournament and they were just so tentative in everything.”

After dropping the first set rather quickly, Horvath and Ho responded in the second and made the Knights work for every point before finally succumbing 6-1, 6-3.

“It is disappointing for sure, but at the same time they made it here as freshmen and they did a real great job of getting here,” Tovar said. “They had some beautiful points where they were playing their game and that is what we have to focus on is those points.”

By virtue of Fairview staying alive in the main draw, Horvath and Ho will have a chance to play in the playbacks matches if the Knights are able to knock off Poudre in the semifinals.

After settling in and relaxing, Horvath and Ho had the Knights’ tandem of Carolyn Roberts and Ellie Savage on their heels at times in the second set and were just a few points away from having a different outcome.

“We were definitely more relaxed and more confident,” Horvath said. “We could have started out a little bit stronger.”

Said Ho: “I didn’t feel overwhelmed, I just felt like we could have played a lot better, especially early on when I heads just weren’t in it.”

The lone Legacy entry of Hannah Stevens and Courtney Smith was facing a familiar foe in Fort Collins’ Jamie Tafoya and Karina Pedroza in the first round. The Lightning had lost to the Lambkins in three sets just four weeks earlier.

On Monday, the Lightning turned the tables and after dropping the first set 4-6, came back and won the final two 7-5, 6-2 to move on to the quarterfinals.

There they met Ralston’s Valley’s Riley Knipp and Priya Keller, who quickly put them in a one-set hole with a 6-0 victory.

Stevens and Smith battled in the second set and were on serve at 4-3 before the Mustangs were able to close them out.

“I wasn’t disappointed at all in our effort today,” Legacy coach Glen Gielas said. “You always want more, but I will take what they have given us today.

“I think they surprised themselves most of the year to be honest with you. Just the opportunity to play here was probably more mental in wanting to be here than the physical prowess. Everybody always says tennis is a mental game and I think they proved that right.”

Legacy will get a chance at playbacks if Ralston Valley can beat Rock Canyon in the semifinals that are set to begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

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