Shorthanded boys lose, 12-6 |

Shorthanded boys lose, 12-6

Staff Reports

Dylan Berke and Josh Brown combined to score five points in singles play Thursday to provide highlights for the Douglas High boys tennis team in its season opening 12-6 loss against McQueen in Reno.

Berke went 3-0 and Brown 2-0 to lead the Tigers, who actually won six of the 12 sets contested on the court. Douglas was shorthanded since only six players had enough practices under their belt coming into the match.

The good news, according to first-year coach Rick Jenkins, is that he greeted a turnout of eight players on Aug. 13 and saw the number increase to 17 for the second practice two days later.

“We will be much better when we have a full lineup out there,” Jenkins said. “We should have a pretty good lineup. We have a lot of new players, but we have talent.”

For starters, Berke and Brown are both senior returnees who qualified for the region tournament last year (Berke was seeded No. 10 and Brown No. 13).

Douglas will play its home opener Tuesday at 3 p.m. against North Valleys.