Ingrid Carlson capped a final-round comeback Thursday afternoon and the Douglas High girls tennis team went on to capture a 10-9 season opening Northern Division I conference victory at Galena.
Douglas trailed 9-6 with three sets left to play, however, the Tigers rallied to win each of those sets to force a tie-breaker in which they won four of six sets.
Dan Hannah made his debut as head coach for Douglas in a duel between teams that finished 1-2 in the Sierra League standings in 2013. Douglas defeated Galena, 12-6, en route to winning the league championship. The Sierra and High Desert tennis leagues have been replaced this season by a single Northern conference.
“I’m very proud of this team,” Hannah said. “It was an exciting match between good rivals.”
Carlson, a fourth-year veteran of the program, came up big at the end from the No. 3 singles in the Douglas lineup. She was on the court for the last set of the third round and emerged with a 7-5 win over Alli Warner, Galena’s No. 1 player, to tie the team score, 9-9. The win was significant since Warner was a quarterfinalist at last year’s region tournament.
The tie-breaker round consisted of a rematch of the first-round pairings. Douglas swept the three singles matches while the No. 3 doubles team of Kylie Coziahr and freshman Kari Coziahr won their match, 7-5, to seal the Tigers’ team victory.
Sophomore Madelyn Landerfelt went 4-0 on the day, including two 7-5 wins over Galena’s Warner. Carlson was also unbeaten, winning by scores of 7-5, 6-3, 7-5 and then 7-2 over Natasha Wesely in the tie-breaker round. Landerfelt was last year’s Northern region tournament girls singles runner-up.
Margaret Rich split four sets in the No. 2 singles spot for the Tigers, highlighted by her 7-4 win in the tie-breaker round.
Douglas picked up two points from its No. 2 doubles team of Kayleigh Carlson and Anne Pomroy. They won in the first round, 6-3, and then helped out the Tigers’ third-round comeback with a 7-5 win.
The Tigers’ doubles team of Kaitlyn Smith and Chandler Howe also played a “nail biter” before losing 7-6 (8-6) to Galena’s Olivia Amundsen and Annie Whelton. After the lead went back and forth, Smith and Howe rallied from a 6-3 deficit to pull into a 6-6 tie before they eventually fell to defeat.
Note: The Douglas and Galena boys match on Thursday was postponed and has been rescheduled for Sept. 10.