Tigers cruise in playoff opener
Susan Cowan used one word on Tuesday to describe the Douglas High girls tennis team’s 18-0 victory at home against Spanish Springs in the first round of the Northern Division I playoffs.
“Everyone is playing their game and taking care of business,” the coach said before the start of third round on a cold and breezy afternoon.
By that time Douglas (9-0) had already built a 12-0 lead and had its win clinched. The Sierra League’s No. 1 seeded Tigers only dropped 19 games en route to a berth in the tournament semifinals on Thursday, a 3 p.m. match at home against McQueen. The High Desert League No. 2 seeded Lancers advanced with a 12-6 win against Bishop Manogue. In other opening round matches on Tuesday, Reno was an 18-0 victor against Wooster and Galena bested Reed 15-3.
The tournament finals are today at 3 p.m. at the Caughlin Club in Reno. Regional individual tournament play begins on Wednesday at Carson High School.
Reno is the defending region champion and again stands as the team to beat.
“We’re taking it one day at a time,” Cowan said. “We don’t want to look too far ahead, but at the same time, we know who is looming in the background. We know that to prepare for Reno, we have to be prepared for a very tough match.”
Madelyn Landerfelt, the Tigers’ No. 1 singles, remained undefeated as she dispatched three opponents by scores of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-1.
The Tigers had their closest call in the second round when Maggie Rich, playing No. 3 singles, took a 7-6 victory against the Cougars’ No. 1, Emily Winn. Rich won the tie-breaker by a 7-4 score.
“The poise our team has is really good,” Cowan said. “They’re really nice kids, good sports and good competitors all rolled into one.”
Spanish Springs, the High Desert League’s No. 4 seed, finished its season at 5-4.