Even though Madelyn Landerfelt fell short in her bid to bring a title home on Saturday, the Douglas High freshman came through with a big performance at the Division I Northern Region Tennis Championships in Reno.
Landerfelt advanced with a solid straight-set win in the girls singles semifinals earlier in the day before losing to Reno senior McCall Board in the final at Caughlin Athletic Club. Board won the match 6-3, 6-2.
Landerfelt won four matches in straight sets — she lost 14 games along the way — and in the process punched her ticket to the NIAA State Championships this week in Las Vegas. Her highlight on Saturday came in the semifinal win against Reno freshman McKenna Levitt 6-1, 7-5.
“I had never beaten her (Levitt) before, so I was happy about that,” Landerfelt said. “A lot of people said I played really well, so I felt really good about that.”
How well did Landerfelt play?
“She did play extremely well,” said senior teammate Courtney McKimmey, who finished fourth in the singles bracket. “That was an exciting match to watch.”
McKimmey missed out on a state berth as she lost to Board in the semifinals 6-1, 6-2 and then lost the third-place match to Levitt 6-3, 6-4.
“She is very good,” McKimmey said of Board. “Mentally and physically, she is just so strong.”
Fourth-place was an impressive performance for McKimmey, considering she only switched from soccer to tennis as a sophomore. She played varsity soccer her freshman year.
Landerfelt still has the state singles tournament to look forward to starting on Friday starting at 4 p.m. at the Darling Tennis Center. Five players representing the best in Las Vegas will join the North’s top three to comprise the bracket. The semifinals and finals will be played on Saturday.
“It will be a big challenge for her to go down there,” coach Susan Cowan said. “It would be nice to get two matches in and get to play again on Saturday. If she wins her first match, that will be a big achievement.”