Douglas girls tennis falls to McQueen in tie-breaker
The Douglas High girls tennis team saw its season opener literally come down to the wire Thursday afternoon in a 10-9 tie-breaker loss against McQueen in Reno.
Both teams split their regular sets — 3-3 through three regulation rounds and 3-3 in the tie-breaker round — before the Northern 4A conference contest was finally decided on tie-breaker points in which the Lancers came out on top, 34-32.
Douglas was led by its doubles teams of Shelby Casaus-Natalie Alexander and Kelsey Carlson-Haley Doughty. Both teams won all of their sets during regulation and also won in the tiebreaker round. Casaus-Alexander won two closely contested sets, 7-5 and 6-4.
Lauren Wilsey-Amanda Shaffer reversed a 6-0 loss earlier in the day and returned to defeat the same McQueen team, 7-4, in the tie-breaker round.
Senior Kari Coziahr won two of her three singles sets, losing only by a 6-4 decision in the matchup of No. 1 players against McQueen’s talented Ireland Earl (49-5 in conference doubles and singles the last two seasons). Coziahr is a fourth-year varsity veteran who has posted 56 career victories for the Tigers.
Nikki Alexander picked up a first-round singles win, then lost 6-3 to Earl and battled through an injury in an 8-6 loss to Melanie Guillen in the third-round.
Sophomore Maureen Brennan also dropped an 8-6 decision to Guillen in the tie-breaker round.
Douglas plays host to North Valleys Tuesday starting at 3 p.m. on the Lampe Park courts.