Madelyn Landerfelt capped off a big freshman season at Douglas High School on Friday when she dropped her opening round at the NIAA State Tennis Championships in Las Vegas.
Landerfelt lost to Annie Walker of Palo Verde 6-0, 6-0 in a girls singles match played at the Darling Tennis Center. If there was a consolation, though, Walker advanced to the finals, where she lost to Centennial’s McKay Novak 6-2, 1-6, 6-4.
For Landerfelt, the North’s No. 2 seed, qualifying for the state tournament was just part of a successful season.
“Madelyn worked very hard this season and achieved undefeated status in her regular season matches,” Douglas coach Susan Cowan noted. “As a freshman she acquired invaluable experience at a very high level of tennis competition.”
To show the South’s strength, Novak came in as the Sunset Region’s No. 3 seed and proceeded to knock off two No. 1 seeds — McCall Board of Reno and defending state champion Chelsea Crovetti of Bishop Gorman.
Landerfelt is looking forward to next year, when her goal will be to compete for the Northern Region title and return to the state tournament. Douglas will also seek to defend the Sierra League team title it won with a perfect regular season record. The Tigers also finished as the region’s team runner-up behind Reno.
“Madelyn will be training hard in preparation for next year’s competition,” Cowan noted.