BOULDER — To Elizabeth Korevaar’s credit, she really didn’t know what to expect when the 2017 version of the Boulder Panthers girls tennis team took shape.
She knew she was going to have numbers, 95 to be exact, but the who, what and how details were something that were going to take some time to work out.
And maybe they have faster than expected.
“We are a lot better than I thought,” she said.
On Thursday afternoon at Centennial Middle School, Boulder improved to 2-1 this season with a 7-0 white washing of Legacy.
At the top of the ladder is freshman Gigi Jensen and the diminutive Panthers No. 1 singles player bounced back after a hard-fought loss last week to Dawson’s Isha Banerjee.
Jensen battled the windy conditions and beat Lightning junior Christine Weitz in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 to up her record to 2-1.
It’s been an impressive start for Jensen, whose initial expectations coming into her first season was simply to make the varsity team.
“I just wanted to come out and play my best,” she said. “I really only knew one person when I came out.”
Jensen and Weitz were locked 4-4 in the first set and it was Jensen that seized the momentum that seemed to waver between both players, by claiming the final to games to take the first set.
She closed out the set-deciding break of Weitz’s serve with a deftly placed drop shot that died in the wind.
Jensen played a dominant second set, building a 4-1 lead before hanging on despite two lengthy games near the end.
“I learned that I am going to face a lot of different competitors because everyone plays differently,” Jensen said. “And you just have to be prepared for all of them.”
At No. 2 singles, Boulder’s Grace Geer and Legacy’s Jordan Korb played two hard-hitting sets with the Panthers sophomore pulling out a 6-3, 7-6 (3) victory.
“I think our team is really good and we have some strong players,” said Geer, whose victory in the opening match of the season against Horizon was the first for a Boulder No. 2 singles player since the end of 2014. “It’s fun to win matches, but the key is being able to learn from losing them.”
Senior Gwen Lohman closed out the singles with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Leila Daoud.
The Panthers’ doubles team, which feature two sets of sisters, surrendered just 13 games to the Lightning. The No. 4 doubles tandem of Emily Paul and Keeva Donohue scored a 6-0, 6-0 win over Emma Sweden and Talia Single.
BOULDER 7, LEGACY 0
At Centennial Middle School
1. Gigi Jensen, Boulder def. Christine Weitz, 6-4, 6-2; 2. Grace Geer, Boulder def. Jordan Korb, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3); 3. Gwen Lohman, Boulder def. Leila Daoud, 6-0, 6-2.
1. Katherine Lapp/Ellie Johnson, Boulder def. Disha Mishra/Lydia Karlson, 6-1, 6-4; 2. Cecily Quinn/Sally Johnson, Boulder def. Yami Salas/Ariana Jones, 6-1, 6-4; 3. Melissa Hornung/Fiona Quinn, Boulder def. Teagan Carlson/Peyton Miller, 6-2, 6-1; 4. Emily Paul/Keeva Donohue, Boulder def. Emma Sweden/Talia Single, 6-0, 6-0.