Truckee tennis | Girls advance deep into individual regional championships
The Truckee girls made their presence felt this year at the 4A Northern Region Tennis Individual Championships held at Caughlin Ranch Tennis Club in Reno.
No. 1 singles player Cami Straw’s hard work and four-year commitment to the sport of tennis paid off as she breezed through her first-round match, 6-1, 6-1. Straw’s second match was tougher, facing Reinhardt from Galena. Straw easily won the first set, 6-0, and kept her composure to go on and win the second set, 6-3.
In her quarterfinal round, Straw faced No. 1 Ameilia Ritger from Douglas. Straw lost 6-2, 6-0, but the match was much closer than the score indicated. Straw displayed her all-court game, coming to the net and dropping shots and sharp angles, but Ritger’s backboard style tennis proved too consistent.
Seniors Ali Gerrard and Shannon Baumann, Truckee’s No. 2 doubles team, proved pure athleticism can transfer to other sports. Gerrard, in her first year of tennis, and Baumann, in her second year, won an epic three-set first-round match to Galena’s Hansen and Koch. Down 2-5 in the third set and facing match point, Gerrard and Baumann came back to win a long and emotional match, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6.
and#8220;That was the best we have ever played,and#8221; Baumann said. and#8220;We saved it for when it really mattered.and#8221;
They continued their tough play, downing a Wooster pair 6-3, 6-1 in the second round. In their quarterfinal match, Gerrard and Baumann fought hard against the No. 2 seed, a Reno High duo, before falling by a score of 4-6, 2-6.
Truckee’s doubles team of senior Natalie Cutler and junior Courtney Pomeroy won their first round match 6-4, 6-4 against a Fallon duo before falling in the second round to South Tahoe’s No. 3 team, 3-6, 5-7. Cutler and Pomeroy were Truckee’s most consistent and top doubles team this year.
Junior Sarah Jahr showed that she is going to be a force to be reckoned with as a senior next year. Jahr beat Hesselgesson from Fallon 6-2, 6-1 in a first-round match with her consistent play. Facing Douglas’ No. 2 seed in the second round, Jahr could not hang on and fell 2-6, 1-6.
and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.