Girls tennis team climbs to No. 3
Maggie Rich, Kylie Coziahr and Kari Coziahr set the table for Douglas High’s girls tennis team on Thursday afternoon. Then the doubles team of Kelsey Carlson and Shelby Casaus supplied the exclamation point when they closed out a 12-6 victory at home against arch rival Carson.
Rich and the Coziahr sisters won all nine of their singles sets to put the Tigers on the brink of victory, then Carlson and Casaus rallied to win their third-round set against Carson’s Emma Breeding and McKenzie Henley-Ball, 7-5.
By winning, Douglas (8-3) moved past Carson (7-4) into third-place in the final Northern 4A conference standings. Next up, the Tigers host Spanish Springs in first-round play of the region tournament Tuesday at 3 p.m.
Douglas took a 5-1 lead after one round and extended the margin to 9-3 after two round.
Carlson and Casaus trailed by a 5-1 score in their final set, however, they surged back to defeat Breeding and Henley-Ball. The Douglas team earlier won its first-round set, 6-4, and then lost to Amanda Schulz-Emily McCaskill in the second round, 7-5.
The Tigers’ team of Angelina Stein and Natalie Smith picked up a 6-2 win in its third-round set.
Rich only dropped two games on her way to going 3-0 from the Tigers’ No. 1 singles position. The senior team captain improved her individual season record to 19-5.
Kylie Coziahr outlasted Elise Brady 7-5 in their first-round set, then went on to win her next two sets by 6-0 and 6-1 scores. The senior’s season record is now 21-6.
Kari Coziahr won her sets 6-1, 6-1 and 6-2. The junior is now 21-7 for the season.
Looking ahead, the Douglas-Spanish Springs winner on Tuesday will advance to the region semifinals on Thursday against either Bishop Manogue or McQueen. Douglas was a 10-8 victor at home on Sept. 1 against Spanish Springs and its ace player, Lauren Kreutzer (29-2 season record).
The Northern regional team finals are set for 3 p.m. Friday at Caughlin Athletic Club in Reno. The two finalists will advance to the four-team 4A state tournament Oct. 20 in Reno.