Douglas High freshman Madelyn Landerfelt opens today at the NIAA State Tennis Championships in Las Vegas.
Landerfelt, the Northern Region girls singles runner-up, plays her first-round match at 4 p.m. at the Darling Tennis Center.
Seedings were drawn on Thursday afternoon (results were unavailable at presstime). Landerfelt was due to play one of the South’s region runner-ups: Palo Verde freshman Annie Walker (Sunset Region) or Josie Legarza of Green Valley (Sunrise).
Bishop Gorman junior Chelsea Crovetti comes in as the Sunset Region champion and defending Division I state champion (she defeated Kari TenBroeck of Douglas in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-2). Coronado senior Paris Reese is the Sunrise Region champion.
Reno senior McCall Board defeated Landerfelt in the Northern Region finals last Saturday 6-3, 6-2. Both of Landerfelt’s losses this season have come at the hands of Board.
Landerfelt took two games to start her finals match last Saturday, only to see the undefeated Board take charge the rest of the way. Douglas senior Courtney McKimmey also lost to Board in the regional semifinals, 6-1, 6-2.
“She is very good,” McKimmey said of Board. “Mentally and physically, she is just so strong.”
McKimmey missed out on a state tournament trip when she lost to Reno’s McKenna Levitt in the third-place match. The Douglas senior advanced to her semifinal with a straight-set win against Reno’s Amy deNardo 6-1, 6-2.
“She (deNardo) beat me when we played last week (in the regional team tournament finals) so I was really excited to beat her,” McKimmey said. “That was like my Super Bowl.”