Douglas girls put up fight in loss
September 20, 2016
The Douglas High girls tennis team dropped a 13-5 decision against Bishop Manogue Thursday in a matchup between Northern 4A conference playoff challengers in Reno.
Manogue (6-1 league) remained tied for second-place with Carson in the conference standings with a win against Douglas (4-3) that was closer than the final score showed.
There were some encouraging signs for the Tigers, even in losing causes, including Kari Coziahr in singles and the doubles team of Kelsey Carlson and Shelby Casaus.
Coziahr, a junior, dropped a hard-fought 6-2 set against talented Manogue freshman Tara Chalton (13-1 this season). Chalton dropped only one game while winning her other two sets on the day.
Meanwhile, the Tigers received a strong performance from Carlson and Casaus in a 7-6 loss (7-3) against Halle Turek and Rose Berry, last year's region tournament runner-up team. Turek and Berry have lost only once together during league play.
Kylie Coziahr, a senior, also came up short in a tie-breaker when Manogue's Brittany Leonard rallied for a 7-6 (7-1) win. Coziahr jumped out to an early 4-1 lead against Leonard, a third-place finisher in the 2015 region tournament singles.
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Maggie Rich and the Coziahr sisters accounted for one win each in Thursday's singles play. Carlson and Casaus also picked up a win.
Natalie Smith and Angelina Stein split a pair of 6-4 sets, while Nikki Alexander and Amanda Shaffer "played hard all match, making spectacular plays" in their three losses.