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Huskies defeat Tigers in tennis

Staff Reports

Over the last three years, the Northern large schools girls tennis championship has come down to showdowns between the Douglas Tigers and Reno Huskies.

On Tuesday, the Huskies took a step toward reclaiming their title with a 12-6 triumph at home against Douglas.

Reno (6-0 league) won 10 of the first 12 sets to clinch its win against the defending conference and region tournament champion Tigers (4-2). Douglas defeated its rival twice in 2015, while Reno won twice on tie-breakers in 2014 and won both meetings in 2013.

Among the highlights for Douglas, Kari Coziahr picked up 6-0 wins in her first- and third-round sets, while sophomore Nikki Alexander and freshman Amanda Shaffer prevailed in a 7-6 tie-breaker in the third round to earn their first doubles win together.

Maggie Rich picked up a singles win in the second round, Kylie Cozihar won in the third round, while Kelsey Carlson and Shelby Casaus won their third-round set, 6-1.

Reno's McKenna LeVitt, the two-time defending region singles champion, won both of her sets on the day.

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Josh Brown accounted for both of Douglas' wins Tuesday in a 16-2 loss at home against Reno.

Brown, a senior coming off a bout with illness, edged past Patrick Livingston in a second-round tie-breaker, 7-6 (7-4), then came back to earn a 6-0 win in the third round. Brown dropped a 6-1 decision in the first round to Reno freshman Mikael Tillikainen, who has lost only once this season.

Reno's Riley Boyden took a 6-0 decision from Dylan Berke in a first round set that featured undefeated seniors. In the second round, Berke lost 6-4 against Lucas Colfer.

Berke's singles record for the season is now 7-2 and Brown is 6-2.