Casaus, Carlson close out Douglas win
With the match outcome hanging in the balance Thursday afternoon, Shelby Casaus and Kelsey Carlson came through with a clutch doubles victory that lifted the unbeaten Douglas High girls tennis team to a 10-8 victory against Spanish Springs in Minden.
Douglas (3-0) had nine set wins in the books and needed one more to clinch the win, which Casaus and Carlson delivered by a 6-3 score over the No. 1 Spanish Springs team of Lanessa Romo and Emma Gill.
“Shelby and Kelsey played in the second slot, at their request, meaning they would take on the No. 1 doubles team from Spanish Springs in the final round,” Douglas coach Dan Hannah noted. “Great win under pressure.”
Casaus and Carlson, both juniors, went 3-0 for the day and dropped only six games overall.
Natalie Smith and Angelina Stein picked up a key 7-5 first-round win against Gill and Romo. Smith and Stein won two of their three sets.
The Tigers also collected five wins from Maggie Rich, Kylie Coziahr and Kari Coziahr in singles play.
Spanish Springs (1-2) was led by sophomore standout Lauren Kreutzer, who won her three sets 6-1, 6-1, 6-2. Kreutzer was 27-4 last year and placed fourth at the region tournament.