Truckee tennis | Girls advance deep into individual regional championships |

Truckee tennis | Girls advance deep into individual regional championships

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Submitted to swright@sierrasun.comTruckee seniors Ali Gerrard, pictured, and doubles partner Shannon Baumann advanced to the 4A regional quarterfinal round before losing to the No. 2 seed from Reno.

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