Mount Shasta girls are section tennis champs again
Senior Miranda Duggan dominated the girls singles bracket and was one of six Mount Shasta High School girls tennis players to claim a trophy in doubles during the NSCIF small schools tennis tournament over the weekend in Redding.
The Bears won the girls section title for the second year in a row with 15 points, while Quincy was second with 12, and University Prep was third with 7.
Mount Shasta’s girls teams placed 1-2-3 in the doubles tournament, just as they did a week earlier in the league tourney.
Mount Shasta’s boys, led by a second place finish in doubles by seniors Jarod Salinas-Dick and Daniel Ostrowski, tied Etna for second in the section team standings with 8 points, while U-Prep claimed the boys title with 13 points.
Duggan won her second section singles title and teamed with Dayna Vogt to win her third straight doubles championship.
“Miranda dominated the singles,” Mount Shasta coach Mike Covington said. “She only lost three games.”
Duggan, recently honored as Mount Shasta High’s female athlete of the year for 2008-09, concluded her successful four-year reign at the top of the Bears’ girls ladder with a 6-1, 6-1 win in the final over Bryanna Ward of U-Prep.
She also defeated Courtney Cox of Quincy, 6-1, 6-0, after winning her earlier matches without a loss.
In doubles, Duggan and Vogt won three matches before prevailing in the finals against teammates Sydney Miller and Jeanette Ricci, 6-3, 6-1.
Miller and Ricci, who earned the second place award, had to defeat teammates Tenaya Miller and Ari Kosel, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 6-1, to reach the finals.
Miller and Kosel then defeated Ward and Prokop of U-Prep, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, to finish third.
In girls singles, Sydney Miller, Tenaya Miller, Vogt, Ricci and Duggan all won first round matches. Ricci also won in the second round before losing to Wilcox of Quincy.
All the Mount Shasta girls players but Duggan can return next year.
“Their knowledge has improved tremendously,”?Covington said of his team’s success in doubles. “They know how to take over the net and hit cross court shots, and they’re able to lob now and then.”
On the boys side, Salinas-Dick and Ostrowski, the No. 2 seed, breezed into the finals with no worse than a 6-3 win, then lost to Brahms and Miller of U-Prep, 6-2, 3-6, 2-6.
“They played good tennis,”?Covington said. “They’ve accelerated their game.”
Also winning a first round doubles match for Mount Shasta were Forrest Duggan and Nick Clute-Reinig. They then lost to the No. 1 seed from Quincy.
In boys singles, Salinas-Dick won twice before being stopped by eventual champion Toby Burcher of U-Prep, a foreign exchange student from Germany.
Salinas-Dick, Duggan, Michael Dugan and Ostrowski all won first round matches for the Bears.
Looking ahead, Covington said, “We’ve got a lot of up and coming boys who look strong.”
Covington said this year’s team overall was “a great group of kids to work with. They all have high GPAs. I?think they all have aspirations for their educations. It’s a pleasure to work with them. I?commend their parents.”
Covington said he also appreciates assistant coach Michelle Salinas-Dick and “the great effort she put into making this year a success.”