Tigers advance in regional play
Douglas High’s two No. 1 seeds advanced on Wednesday during first-round play in the Northern Division I Region Tennis Tournament in Carson City.
Freshman singles standout Madelyn Landerfelt and the doubles team of Bryana McNamara and Ingrid Carlson, No. 1 seeds from the Sierra League, won their matches and earned the right to play again today when tournament action resumes at Caughlin Athletic Club in Reno.
The tournament continues on Saturday, with the top finishers qualifying for the NIAA State Championships next week in Las Vegas.
Landerfelt beat her Hug opponent 6-0, 6-0. She will face Carson’s Shaina Segura today.
McNamara and Carlson beat their opponent from Hug 6-0, 6-1. They will play McQueen’s Jameson and Moran.
Douglas was also represented by the all-senior doubles team of Kelly Sonnemann and Katelin Teigen, who were seeded No. 3. They advanced with a 6-1, 6-1 victory and move on to play a Damonte Ranch team today.
Senior Courtney McKimmey, a No. 2 singles seed, also played. McKimmey compiled a 23-1 regular season record (46-2 over the last two seasons).
Doubles No. 6 seed Katie Hergenrader and Tara Cottrill dispatched their North Valleys opponent 6-0, 6-0. They will start today with a tough challenge against Reno’s No. 3 seed.
Douglas won one of its four matches during first-round regional play on Tuesday in Carson City.
“Our first day of regionals became a true microcosm of this season. We were competitive, showed great determination and passion, but we came up a little short,” coach Rod Smith said.
Seniors Keaton Peters and Joey Swisher won by default and return to play their second round match today against a team from McQueen.
The Tigers’ second doubles team of junior Jon Pelcher and senior Kyle Barnes lost 6-1, 7-5 against the No. 8-seeded team from McQueen.
“They played inspiring tennis,” Smith said. “As the match went on, their confidence grew and they almost pulled off a second set upset.”
In singles, Connor Lyons lost his opener to the High Desert League’s No. 2 seed, Reno’s Rinehart, in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
“Connor showed that he belongs with the ‘big’ boys,” Smith said of the junior. He lost, but many of the games were very close.”
Freshman Sammy Johnson lost his opener to North Valleys’ Norris in three sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Norris came in as the High Desert League’s No. 8 seed.
“Sammy had a tremendous first set,” Smith said. “Sammy’s groundstrokes were steady, as was his resolve against a strong serving opponent.”