Girls tennis earns firstregion title
Back in June, Douglas High girls tennis players began meeting informally each week to prepare for what they hoped would be a special season.
The Tigers continued their undefeated season on Friday with a 13-5 victory against Reno in the Northern Division I Region Tournament girls team championship match at Caughlin Athletic Club. This is the first region large schools team title for the Douglas girls team, which had lost to Reno in the finals in both 2013 and 2014 (10-9 in a tie-breaker round last year).
“This is the first time we’ve won the region tournament, so it’s really special,” said Madelyn Landerfelt, the Tigers’ No. 1 singles player. “This was the goal we set in June and all the work paid off. It was nice to beat our rivals, especially after they beat us the last two years.”
Douglas (14-0) won each of the nine doubles sets, plus Landerfelt and Maggie Rich won two of their three singles sets. Landerfelt ended the day with career win No. 100 (100-14 in three seasons).
The Tigers now move on to represent the North at the NIAA State Tournament on Oct. 22-23 at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas, starting with a first-round matchup against either Sunset Region champion Bishop Gorman (10-2) or Sunrise champion Liberty (11-1).
In the meantime, region singles and doubles tournament play continues today with first-round boys matches at Bishop Manogue and Caughlin Athletic Club (the girls started on Tuesday). The semifinals and finals will be played on Saturday, with the top three finishers in each bracket due to advance to the state tournament.
Today’s schedule for the Douglas boys includes No. 10 singles seed Dylan Barke (16-2) and No. 13 Josh Brown (13-5). In doubles, the unseeded Douglas team of Range Chapman-Jake Rouse opens against No. 8 Thomas Ault-Stephen Patton of Reno. Sam Nance-Landon Whitely open against No. 3 Benjamin Vincze-Cameron Young of Reno.
Meanwhile, the Douglas girls opened with high seeds in both the doubles and singles brackets. Kayleigh Carlson and Anne Pomroy (32-0) are seeded No. 1 while Kaitlyn Smith and Terra Williams (28-3) are seeded No. 2. Tara Cottrill and Kylie Coziahr (32-2) are seeded No. 5.
In singles, McKenna LeVitt of Reno (32-0) is the defending champion and No. 1 seed. LeVitt and Landerfelt have split two matches in region play the last two years — Landerfelt prevailed in the 2013 semifinals and LeVitt won in the 2014 finals.
Landerfelt is seeded No. 2 with a 27-2 season record. Rich of Douglas is seeded No. 6 on the same side of the bracket.
Kari Coziahr is also included in the singles bracket for Douglas.