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Huskies defeat Tigers in tennis

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Kari Coziahr
Jim Grant | The Record-Courier

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.

BOYS

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.