Boys’ tennis wins nail-biter over North Tahoe
It’s usually your upperclassmen that take things into their own hands to win the game. But, someone forgot to tell that to Douglas freshman Trevor Mitchell.
Mitchell won a 7-6 tiebreaker in the day’s final set to lead the Douglas boys’ tennis team over North Tahoe 24-21 Thursday at Lampe Park.
“That was certainly very exciting,” Douglas coach George Sorich said. “Everybody was cheering him on, but he just went out there and won it for us.”
Douglas entered the set with a 22-21 lead. The winner would score two points, and the overall victory, for his team.
“He is just very cool,” Sorich said of his newfound game-breaker. “You come up and talk to him after the match, and you wouldn’t know if he’d just won or lost. He’s got a very even temperament and that is very good in this sport because the ups and downs can really get to you if you let them.”
Mitchell won two of three sets on the day with a scrappy approach, hitting solid angles and tough winners while forcing his opponent to make the mistakes.
Douglas’ No.1 singles player, Josh Sorich, dominated his three sets in every facet of the game.
“His all-around game is really coming along,” George Sorich said. “He’s really spent a lot of time in the last year developing each area, from serving and volleying to his approach shots. It’s all much improved.”
No. 2 Matt McLaughlin lost a tough tiebreaker in his opening set, but bounced back to win this second, 6-3.
The Tigers’ Jeremy Henningsen and Holden Sapp teamed to win all three of their sets to lead Douglas in the doubles portion of the match.
“It was a great match,” Sorich said. “We opened at North Tahoe last year and it was the same deal. Our No. 1 guy won a tiebreaker and that put us over at 23-22 to win. They’re really going to be after us next year. They are a good young team.”
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