Carson tennis sweeps Tigers |

Carson tennis sweeps Tigers

Staff Reports

It’s not like the Carson High boys tennis team didn’t want to face the best players that Douglas had. But the Senators aren’t going to apologize, either.

Carson took advantage of Douglas missing its top two players on Tuesday and went on to a 29-16 win over the Tigers at Centennial Park. With the win the Senators put themselves in a position to finish strong in the Sierra League standings and the zone playoffs.

The match figured to be evenly played, but that changed when the Tigers were without their top two singles players, No. 1 Josh Sorich and No. 2 Gabe Groben, who were both out with injuries.

Houlihan acknowledged Douglas was hurt without its top two players, particularly Sorich. “That makes the difference because he’s a good player,” Houlihan said.

The difference of the match essentially came in the first round when Carson won two tiebreakers that opened up a 12-3 lead. Chris Wear was able to beat Trevor Mitchell 7-6 (7-4) in singles and Jeff Van Epps and Ryan Dwyer were able to beat Sean Mitchell and Matt Whipple 7-6 (7-3) in doubles. “They were big,” Houlihan said. “That kind of separated things.”

Douglas was led by Holden Sapp and Jeremy Henningsen in doubles as they swept 6-1, 6-1, 6-1.

Also for Douglas, Sean Mitchell and Whipple won 6-3 in doubles, Trevor Mitchell won 6-2 and Matt McLaughlin beat Anderson 6-4 in singles.


The Carson High girls’ tennis team used strong play in doubles to overcome two of Northern Nevada’s top singles players in Melissa Oglesby and Nikki Villoria to beat the Tigers.

Amber Whitworth and Greta Schnaser swept their matches, winning 6-1, 6-1, 6-3. Shannon Arnold and Shanni Eng beat the Tigers’ Mandy Moore and Christina Wilson-Louch 6-4 and Simone Kuckenmeister and Amy Milholland won 6-0 and lost to Christina Milner and Trish Salazar of Douglas in a tiebreaker 6-7 (4-7).

In singles, Oglesby swept 6-2, 6-0, 6-0 and Villoria swept 6-0, 6-1, 6-3.

Carson’s Lisa Midboe played well in her 3-6 loss to Villoria. Midboe came back from 0-40 to win one game and led 3-2 before Villoria won the last four games.

Midboe won her other match 6-2. Also in singles for Carson, Kelsey Joyce won 6-2 and Michelle Van Epps won 6-0. Milner and Salazar also won 6-1 in doubles for Douglas.

“It was a good win,” Carson coach Diane Roberts said. “They all played their hardest.”

Carson’s girls will host North Valleys at Centennial Park on Thursday and will host North Tahoe in a makeup match on Monday. Douglas hosts Wooster Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Lampe Park.