Wolverines girls tennis squad evens High Desert record
Sierra Sun sports editor
After two tough one-point losses to Fallon and Spanish Springs, the Wolverines girls tennis team was ready to put out the welcome mat for Damonte Ranch.
Damonte Ranch, a new high school in north Reno, is in its second year of existence and still trying to build its sports programs from mostly underclassmen. Not even able to field a whole team of nine, the Mustangs fell 33-12 to Truckee at Tahoe Donner Tennis Club on Sept. 14.
“It helps in tennis to have three different types of matches ” people that are the same as you, people that are less than you, and people that are better than you,” said Truckee head coach Pat Kennedy. “If you’re just playing kids that are creaming you, you’re just going to get discouraged.”
By “less,” Kennedy meant less talented, and Damonte was surely that on Tuesday. The confidence boost was important for Truckee, but the win also evens Truckee’s High Desert League record to 2-2 going into an important league game against McQueen (Sept. 16), which finished with 7-1 league record last year.
The Wolverines No. 1 singles player Andrea Roegiers improved her record to 14-0 on the season.
Fallon was able to edge Truckee because the Greenwave played their skilled players in doubles, which hurt Truckee because its strength is in singles play. In high school tennis, teams receive three points for a doubles win and two points for a singles win.
With nine freshmen on the squad, Kennedy knows his team can’t get too down about losses this season ” especially one-point losses.
“Team moral wasn’t bad,” he said. “A lot of girls know they’re building toward next year.”
Kennedy said he is trying some new combinations in doubles play ” for instance splitting up his No. 1 team Emily Lawrence and Kim Quesnel.
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