Tennis: Douglas falls in regional title match
Appearing in the Northern 4A Regional team final for the second time in three years, the Douglas High girls’ tennis team ran into a familiar foe.
The Tigers fell 14-4 to the juggernaut Reno Huskies at Caughlin Ranch Tuesday afternoon.
Douglas wrapped up the year with a 10-3 record overall, including impressive wins over Galena, Manogue and McQueen along the way.
“The Reno team, which includes the top three singles seeds and three of the top four doubles seeds from the High Desert League, was too powerful for us yesterday,” Douglas coach Roger Rusmisel said.
Junior Kari TenBroeck suffered her first loss since last season in the first round to Reno’s Alyssa Pavella, but she recovered to defeat last year’s regional runner-up McCall Board and Katie Gardner.
“The match (against Pavella) was the best high school tennis I have seen played by girls outside of the state finals,” Rusmisel said. “They both hit with a great deal of power and accuracy.
“This was possibly a preview of the regional finals this weekend, but that match would be a best two out of three sets and we feel confident that Kari can win that match if both players reach the finals.”
Sarah Weaver won two sets to round out Douglas’ scoring in the match.
“Despite the loss in the finals, we focused in our postgame talk about the positives and successes of this season,” Rusmisel said. “This was only the second time a Douglas team has reached the zone finals and this team had to do it by going on the road and beating higher-seeded teams twice.
“Despite the fact that we don’t have an organized youth tennis program, and the challenges of the travel times, the achievements of this group of girls to reach the finals is a real tribute to their dedication and athletic abilities.”
The regional individual tournament started Wednesday with a number of Tiger players garnering high seeds, including TenBroeck (1), Sarah Weaver (6), and Cody Tindel (6) on the boys’ side.
Shane Patton and Pat Johnson carried a No. 8 seed in boys’ doubles.
The tournament concludes Saturday at the Caughlin Club.