Aside from the No. 3 seeded girls singles player losing, Friday’s second round and quarterfinals went pretty much as expected.
Top seed McKenna LeVitt continues her domination tour as the Reno senior rolled through her two matches Friday in the NIAA North Division I Region tennis tournament at Caughlin Club.
LeVitt, was the only Reno girl to win Friday.
She will face Spanish Springs freshman Lauren Kreutzer in the semifinals at 9 a.m. Saturday. Kreutzer, the No. 4 seed, beat No. 5 Courtney Shinagawa from Reed, 6-2, in the quarterfinals Friday.
LeVitt beat Karrie Coziahr from Douglas, 6-0, 6-0, then beat No. 9 seed Amanda Bak from Galena, 6-0, 6-0.
LeVitt has not lost all fall. She beat Kreutzer 6-1 during the regular season.
“I’m excited. I’m playing really well this week,” LeVitt said. “I’m ready. I want to pull out a couple wins (Saturday).”
LeVitt is likely heading for a showdown with No. 2 seed Madelyn Landerfelt from Douglas, who also won both her matches Friday.
LeVitt has been working on her focus, and is intent on winning state this year. She fell short last year after suffering a cramp in the state tournament .
“It’s all about her focus,” Reno coach Christy Funk said. “Whoever she plays, she’s in the zone. That’s what’s making her get through it.”
Kreutzer said her mental state was the key to Friday’s wins.
“I just closed out all the distractions and tried not to think negatively,” Kreutzer said.
Spanish Springs coach Lynn Rapp agreed.
“She just a great little player. She doesn’t get too riled. She has her moments when she gets tight, but she seems to work through a lot of it,” Rapp said of Kreutzer. “She’s got some teammates supporting her, so that’s kind of nice too.”
In the biggest upset of the day, No. 3 seed Amy Gao from Damonte Ranch lost to No. 14 Brittany Leonard from Bishop Manogue.
The top three singles and doubles teams go to state next week in Las Vegas, which starts Thursday.
Funk said at state it become a North vs. South tournament.
“All of a sudden you’re all good friends down there, because you’re working to beat the southern people,” she said.
A chance of rain is in the forecast for Saturday. If it rains too much, matches could be delayed until Monday.