Veterans lead optimistic girls tennis squad | RecordCourier.com

Veterans lead optimistic girls tennis squad

Madelyn Landerfelt

With virtually all hands back from a lineup that finished as the Northern Division I and state tournament runner-up in 2014, the Douglas High girls tennis squad is headed into its new season brimming with optimism.

Junior Madelyn Landerfelt returns as the two-time region girls singles tournament runner-up for the Tigers, who start their season Thursday at home against Galena in a match between two of the North's top programs. Douglas opened its 2014 season with a win over Galena and then defeated the Grizzlies 10-8 in a rematch in the region team tournament semifinals.

The Tigers ended last season with a 13-3 team record, with two of those losses coming on tie-breakers against Northern Division I champion Reno and another against Palo Verde in the state tournament finals. Douglas also brought home the state academic championship with a team 3.83 grade point average.

Landerfelt compiled a 37-9 record last season — she boasts a 73-12 career record — and was named as a first-team all-region selection. Coach Dan Hannah is also back for his second season as head coach of the program.

"We're looking forward to a fairly strong season," Hannah said. "We had a lot of really good attitudes over the summer, and I think everybody has improved from last year."

Other returning players include Tara Cottrill, who comprised half of a 2014 state-qualifying doubles team with the graduated Ingrid Carlson. Kaleigh Carlson, Kelsey Carlson, Kaitlyn Smith, Jenni Martin, Anne Pomroy, Maggie Rich, Kylie Coziahr, Kari Coziahr, Shelby Casaus, Amanda Williams and Terra Williams are also back. Rich provided a clutch third-round win for the Tigers that sealed their region tournament win against Galena.

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The Tigers finish their regular season at home, Sept. 29 against the Reno Huskies and Oct. 1 against the McQueen Lancers.