Tennis: Douglas tennis advances to regional semis |

Tennis: Douglas tennis advances to regional semis

by Joey Crandall

The Douglas girls’ tennis team picked up its fourth playoff win in the past three years Tuesday, defeating McQueen 12-6 in blustery conditions up on the hill in Northwest Reno.

“The conditions were as difficult as any match we have played in the last five years,” Douglas coach Roger Rusmisel said. “The winds were gusting across the courts, making temperatures seem colder than it was, and affecting the girls’ ability to control their shots.

“Most of our girls played the match bundled up in sweat pants and sweatshirts, and one played the last two sets with jeans. A lot of our success came from the girls’ ability to adapt to the conditions better than McQueen did.”

The Tigers rallied together with a strong team effort, with each individual and doubles team posting at least one key win.

“It was a true team victory, with equal contribution from doubles and singles players,” Rusmisel said.

Rusmisel pointed to the second round of the match, with Sarah Weaver rebounding from a first-round loss to pick up a crucial 6-1 win over McQueen’s No. 1 singles player.

Zoe VanderByl and Marissa Cowan fought through a 7-6 (7-5) tiebreaker win in the second round and Rochelle Seymour and Ingrid Carlson picked up a 7-6 (10-8) tiebreaker win to put the Tigers in control of the match.

“Rochelle and Ingrid fought off two set points before winning their set,” Rusmisel said.

Junior Kari TenBroeck kept blazing along, winning her three sets convincingly to improve to 26-0 on the year and 91-8 in her career.

“McQueen’s top two singles players are among the top singles playes of their league and Kari only dropped one game in two sets against them,” Rusmisel said. “Once again, Kari kept her points in play until she had an opportunity to go on the offensive.”

Weaver finished the day 2-1 and Courtney McKimmey had a nice 6-0 win in the first round.

Amanda Caras and Kelly Sonnemann went 2-1 on the day, as did Douglas’ other two doubles pairings.

The Tigers return to Galena on Friday afternoon 3 p.m. for the regional semifinals. Douglas fell in a narrow 10-9 (4-2) tiebreaker earlier in the year.

A win there would propel Douglas into the regional finals for the second time in three years.