Playoffs open for Douglas squads |

Playoffs open for Douglas squads

by Joey Crandall

Jim Grant/The R-CThe Douglas volleyball team celebrates at a match earlier this season.

The Northern Division I regional playoffs open this week with Douglas High School participating in three postseasons.

Douglas High’s girls soccer team opens up its regional campaign Tuesday night at home against McQueen. The results will be available online at

The Lady Tigers lost two of their first six matches on the season, but closed extremely strong, winning 14 of their last 15 and clinching the Sierra League title with a 3-1 win over Carson in the regular season finale.

The winners of Tuesday’s first-round games will meet up in the regional semifinals at Damonte Ranch Thursday night. The regional championship will be Saturday at 2 p.m., also at Damonte Ranch.

This marks the 20th consecutive season Douglas has qualified for the regional playoffs in girls soccer.

Douglas has also appeared in the last four regional title matches.

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The Lady Tiger volleyball team gets its playoff bracket underway Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Reed after winning four of its last six matches to clinch a playoff spot.

Douglas’ wins over Carson and Damonte Ranch last week propelled the Tigers from fifth to third place in the Sierra League. Reed is the defending regional champion in volleyball and this will mark the first time the Tigers and Raiders have clashed in the playoffs in at least 10 years.

Winners of the first-round matchups will meet in the regional semifinals Friday evening at Spanish Springs. The regional championship match is scheduled for Saturday at 5 p.m.

On Friday, the Douglas football team will take on High Desert League champion Reed at 7 p.m. in Sparks.

Douglas needed a last-second field goal from Conner Greth to beat Carson qualify for the playoffs after starting the season with impressive wins over Reno and McQueen.

The Carson win was significant in that it was Douglas’ first win on the road this season. For the Tigers to win the regional championship, they would have to do so entirely on the road.

Reed has won two of the last three regional titles and has defeated Douglas in the playoffs in four of the last six seasons.

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