Douglas tennis boys post first win of season
Zach Unger swept all three of his singles sets on Tuesday to help the Douglas High boys tennis team secure a 12-6 Northern 4A conference victory against North Valleys in Reno.
Unger, a sophomore who played in the No. 1 singles slot, capped off his day with a hard-fought 7-5 verdict in the third round that clinched the team win for Douglas (1-1 conference).
Range Chapman and Austin Clutts, who played No. 1 doubles, won both their sets 6-0. The No. 2 doubles team of Bryce Unger and James Jenks also won both of their sets.
Chase Jackson also won both of his singles sets. The junior, who played doubles last year, played in the most competitive set of the day against Herron Jacob, the Panthers’ No. 1 player, and lost 7-6 (8-6 in the tiebreaker).
“It was like a master’s degree in singles for a player new to the sport,” Douglas coach Roger Rusmisel noted. “And Chase went back on the court immediately after and defeated his next opponent, 6-0.”
Rusmisel also praised the performance by the doubles team of Chris Pomeroy and Tyler Hearn, “new players who are learning the game in competitive matches this year.” Pomeroy and Hearn came back from an early deficit in their 6-4 loss against the No. 2 North Valleys’ team
“They began with a game that lasted 20 minutes with countless deuce scores,” Rusmisel pointed out. “They fell behind in the match, 1-5, and then battled back in a very impressive performance.”
The Douglas boys play again on Tuesday against Reed in Sparks.