Girls tennis team singles out Galena
Maggie Rich combined with sisters Kylie and Kari Coziahr to win eight straight singles sets and put the Douglas High girls tennis team in the driver’s seat to an important 12-6 win against Galena Tuesday in Reno.
By winning, Douglas (7-3 league) assured itself of a top-four finish in the Northern 4A conference regular season and home court advantage for the first round of the region team tournament. Galena (6-4) came into the match tied with the Tigers for the No. 4 spot.
Was this the best performance of the Tigers so far this season?
“I’d say it was the best,” noted Douglas coach Dan Hannah, whose Tigers hosted Carson Thursday in a rivalry match to decide third-place in the conference. “Definitely, the team came together and played as a team. Galena looked on paper to be a formidable opponent coming into the match.”
Rich and the Coziahr sisters dropped a combined total of eight games in their dominating performance against Galena.
Douglas led 4-2 after the first round and 9-3 after two, which allowed coach Dan Hannah to substitute freely during the final round. Kari Coziahr and Rich as well as the doubles team of Natalie Smith and Angelina Stein prevailed in their third round sets to close out the team victory.
Smith and Stein finished strong to win their third-round set, 6-4. With the score tied at 4-all, a big effort by Smith swung the momentum in the Tigers’ favor.
“Natalie ran down a deep line shot that passed her partner working the middle of the net and hit a hard left-handed forehand groundstroke on the run for a dead winner,” Hannah recounted. “After pushing their opponents in the deciding game, she then ran down a cross-court shot to her backhand and hit a hard winner right at the (Galena) net player.”
Meanwhile, Stein “was hitting service returns down the line for winners and playing aggressively at the net,” the coach added.
Each of the Tigers’ 14 active players saw time on the court.
DOUGLAS 13, WOOSTER 5
Six starting players played different disciplines (singles/doubles) or with a new partner last Thursday when Douglas cruised to a victory against Wooster in Reno.
Kylie and Kari Coziahr played doubles for the first time this season and ran the table with three 6-0 set scores.
Shelby Casaus and Amanda Shaffer played singles combined for three wins. Kelsey Carlson paired with Nikki Alexander and won their two sets.