Huge day on the court
They aren’t dominant or overpowering on a tennis court. Douglas High seniors Kayleigh Carlson and Anne Pomroy have simply taken care of business and won all of their doubles matches this season — 35 straight — en route to the Northern Division I Region Tournament championship Monday afternoon in Reno.
Carlson and Pomroy defeated Tara Cottrill and Kylie Coziahr in an all-Douglas semifinal and then dispatched Bishop Manogue’s Rose Berry and Halle Turek in the championship round at Caughlin Athletic Club.
The tournament was originally scheduled to conclude on Saturday, only to be postponed due to rain and rescheduled for Monday.
Carlson and Pomroy defeated Cottrill and Coziahr in the semifinals, 7-5, 6-3, and then won their match in the finals, 6-1, 6-0. In doing so, they became the first Douglas girls doubles team to win a postseason championship since 1978, when Paige Wilcks and Karen Anderson won at the state AA tournament.
“They won’t overpower you — they won’t knock you down — they just play really smart,” Douglas coach Dan Hannah said. “They play their game and hit it where you aren’t.”
Oh, and they play well together.
“Anne plays like a rock wall in the back and strategizes,” Hannah added, “and Kayleigh is the net hawk who looks for opportunities.”
Berry and Turek (29-6), who entered the tournament seeded No. 6, advanced to the finals when they defeated the Tigers’ No. 2 seeded team of Terra Williams and Kaitlyn Smith, 6-4, 6-4.
Douglas junior Madelyn Landerfelt also advanced to the girls singles finals before she lost to Reno’s McKenna LeVitt, 6-2, 6-4. LeVitt (37-0) defeated Landerfelt (31-3) in the 2014 region singles finals.
Landerfelt advanced earlier in the day with a 6-0, 6-1 semifinal win over Brittany Leonard of Manogue.
In the third-place match, which determined a qualifying berth for the state tournament, Cottrill and Coziahr defeated Williams and Smith, 6-4, 6-4.
Cottrill and Coziahr, who came into the tournament seeded No. 5, rallied to win in the quarterfinals on Friday, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
The top three finishers in each bracket qualified for the state tournament this weekend in Las Vegas. Douglas also plays Thursday in the state team tournament.
This marks a return trip to state doubles for Cottrill and the second year in a row Douglas has qualified for the four-team state tournament. The Tigers finished as the state runner-up behind Palo Verde in 2014.
Hannah pointed out that for the second year in a row, Douglas was the only Northern Division I team to have all six individual entries seeded for the region tournament, and the only team to advance each of those entries past the first round. In the third round, the three Douglas doubles teams lost a total of 10 games while posting straight-set wins.
Maggie Rich also turned in a solid performance in singles when she advanced to the quarterfinals and dropped a hard-fought decision at the hands of Manogue’s Leonard, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2. Leonard went on to lose against Landerfelt in the semifinals and then won the third-place match to earn a trip to the state tournament.