It was almost as if a revolving door was placed on the Centennial Park courts on Tuesday, watching all the Carson High boys tennis players passing through.
Many CHS players again received the chance to play in a 33-12 win over Sparks in a match in which the Senators built a 26-4 lead after two rounds.
"You know what it is it's getting on the court where they're building confidence and you see improvement," Carson High coach Pat Houlihan said.
One of the highlights for Carson was a comeback win for freshman James Pelz, who won 6-4 in singles. Also in singles, Chris Wear won both of his matches 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), Johnny Kim won 6-2, Josh Caron won 6-1 and Devon Anderson won 6-4.
In doubles, Bryt Lewis and Jeff Van Epps won 6-4, Nick Smallman and Todd Crowell won 6-2, Nathanial Hamer and Tyler Lewis won both of their matches 6-2, 6-1, Adam Houghton and Ryan Dwyer won 6-1, Brad Cobler and Ben Henningsen won 6-0 and Grant Jeppson and Alex Wing won 6-0.
Carson tuned up for a showdown on Thursday at Centennial Park against Northern Nevada power Reno High in a battle of two teams unbeaten in the Sierra League. The Senators will be a huge underdog against Reno.
"We expect a tough match against Reno," Houlihan said. "It's a measuring test for us if we can even compete with them. It's always good to play them. It gives us an idea of how tennis should be played."
While not giving away his lineup, Houlihan said it's likely he'll place his strength in doubles where 27 points will be up for grabs. Twenty-three points are needed to win. "I can se what we've got to do," Houlihan said. "We've been working on it."
CARSON GIRLS 41, SPARKS 4
Carson coach Diane Roberts used all 25 of her players in the win. The Senators also warmed up for a showdown on Thursday at Reno High in another showdown between two unbeaten teams in the Sierra League. "We're as ready as we're going to be," Roberts said. "We have a plan."
Unless the Senators pull off a huge upset against Reno, the race will be for second as Carson has two huge matches next week against South Tahoe this Tuesday and at Centennial Park a week from today against North Tahoe in a match that's already been postponed twice. "I think it's going to come down to the wire," Roberts said.
In singles against Sparks, Kelsey Joyce won 6-0, Michelle Van Epps won 6-0, Lisa Midboe swept her three matches 6-0, 6-0, 6-2, Hilary Schlager lost 6-7 (4-7), Shannon Arnold lost 5-7), Magan Carter won 6-0 and Brittany Waltz won 6-0.
In doubles, Amanda and Elizabeth Gohr won 6-0, Jenny Hood and Kristi Philippi won 6-3, Cassidy Trapp and Emily Wing won 6-4, Simone Kuckenmeister and Amy Milholland won 6-0, Kacey Moseley and Melissa Whitcome won 6-1, Paige Miller and Sarah Asp won 6-1, Greta Schnaser and Amber Whitworth won 6-0, Giorgia Comba and Shanni Eng won 6-0 and Michelle Mauer and Kristen Charles won 6-2.
DOUGLAS GIRLS 32, NORTH VALLEYS 13
Melissa Oglesby and Nikki Villoria both continued their strong play as they swept to lead the Douglas girls tennis team over North Valleys.
Oglesby swept 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 and Nikki Villoria swept 6-0, 6-0, 6-1. Kristin Jarboe also won 6-3 in singles.
In doubles, Cristina Milner and Trish Salazar won both of their matches 6-0, 6-0, Lena Ibadoul and Kristy Jilks won 6-1, Sarah Barnhill and Lauren Seymore won 6-1 and Meghan Ezekiel and Lindsay Larkin won 6-0.