Bowland and Roberts capture Reno tennis titles
Stateline’s Courtney Bowland and South Lake Tahoe’s Jimmy Roberts won their respective divisions in the season’s first Northern Nevada Tennis Association tournament April 27 and 28 at the Reno Municipal Tennis Center. Bowland, 16, stormed through the draw in the girls 16-and-under division, losing only one game during the weekend. She received a default from Annamae Mullen of Reno and defeated Jesse Aiken of Reno 6-0, 6-0. She went on to defeat Lauren Reid of Reno 6-0, 6-1 in the final.
“Courtney dominates the girls in her division in the NNTA tournaments,” said coach Pat Fagen. “She is stronger and tougher than the rest of the players and plays at a different level. She plans on competing in more of the NorCal USTA events this year where the competition is stronger and she can obtain a sectional ranking.
“Facing the top girls in California will really help her game and get her the exposure she needs to obtain a college scholorship.”
Roberts, who recently turned 12, played up in the boys 14-and-under division against tough opponents. He received a bye in the first round and defeated Adam Allgood of Reno 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in his second-round match. Roberts took the title with a 6-1, 7-6 victory over Wesley Reiner of Reno.
“Jimmy played the best match of his life in the finals against an older, more experienced opponent,” Fagen said. “He hasn’t had much court time this year, as he’s been busy competing in ski competitions where he finished ranked number one in the J4 Far West freestyle division.
“He is an exceptional athlete, tough competitor and very coachable. Once he gains more match experience at the higher levels he is going to be very tough to beat.”
Both players attend the Tahoe Tennis Academy that runs summer classes for junior players at all levels at the South Tahoe High School tennis courts. For more information on the NNTA tournament series and other local tennis events please contact STHS tennis coach Fagen at (530) 541-8492.
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