One season ended for the Douglas High girls tennis team on Friday with a 15-3 loss to Reno in the Northern Division I Region Tournament finals.
You wouldn’t know the score from listening to the Tigers’ doubles team of Katelin Teigen and Kelly Sonnemann, though. The senior co-captains are simply enjoying their ride during a season that begins a new phase today when the opening round of the region individual tournament is held at Carson High School.
“This has been an awesome season,” Teigen said. “Just from our record and who we are overall, I’m proud to be a co-captain of this team.”
Added Sonnemann: “We’re a pretty close-knit team. We just go out every day and give it our all.”
On Friday, the defending region champion and perennial power Reno Huskies were simply too much for Douglas in a championship showdown between undefeated teams. By winning, Reno earned the right to represent the North at the Division I state team tournament in Las Vegas.
Teigen and Sonnemann accounted for one of the three points Douglas took from Reno — Madelyn Landerfelt in singles scored the other two — with a 6-4 victory in the third round. The sets they lost came by 7-5 and 6-3 scores.
Teigen and Sonnemann are standouts on the court and in the classroom — Teigen carries a 4.3 cumulative grade point average and Sonnemann a 3.8. Coach Susan Cowan pointed out the team grade point average is better than 3.5.
“These kids are the epitome of good sportsmanship, they treat people respectfully, and that’s something I want to be part of our image,” Cowan said of the team.
Now, there is the individual postseason to focus on. After the first round today, the region tournament moves to Caughlin Ranch Athletic Club in Reno on Friday and Saturday.
Teigen and Sonnemann, who were 27-2 in the regular season, earned the Sierra League’s No. 3 seed in the doubles bracket. Teammates Bryana McNamara and Ingrid Carlson are the No. 1 seed, while Kellie Hergenrader and Tara Cottrill are No. 6.
Last year, Sonnemann combined with Carlson to reach the regional semifinals, only to lose back-to-back matches to settle for fourth-place — one spot shy of qualifying for the state tournament. Teigen combined with McNamara, meanwhile, to pick up a first-round regional victory before being eliminated.
Sonnemann, a three-sport athlete who earned first-team all-league honors in softball at catcher this past spring, and Teigen have been a good fit this season.
“People have said we balance each other out well,” Teigen said. “She’s more aggressive and has more strategy.”
Added Sonnemann: “And I know if I miss something she’s going to be there to back me up.”
Narrowly missing state last year was difficult, Sonnemann admitted. It does provide extra incentive for this week.
“So, yes, it would definitely be a dream come true making it to state. We’ve been on the team four years now, so it would be nice to go out together at state.”