Coronado, Gorman girls coast into final

RENO - Even an eight-hour bus ride couldn't slow Southern Nevada schools in the Division I girls state tennis tournament on Thursday.

Sunrise Region champion Coronado defeated the North's No. 1 seed Reno 12-6, and Sunset champ Bishop Gorman made easy work of Galena, winning 14-4 to advance to today's final at Caughlin Athletic Club.

Coronado juniors Paris Reese and Samantha Smith both won their three sets by at least three games and earned half of the team's 12 points.

"I call Paris my silent assassin because she doesn't say a lot, but when she steps on the court, her play says it all," Coronado coach Luther Bohanan said. "Sammy and Paris both did what I expected, and it's very refreshing to have players like them that I can depend on to get three points."

Reno's lone singles victory came from Ellssa Pavelea.

Gorman's match was slightly more lopsided, as the Gaels raced to an 11-1 lead after two rounds, making it impossible for Galena to come back.

The Gaels' Amber Del Rosario swept her competition 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 to help Gorman reach the final.

Chelsea Crovetti and Julia MacDonald each went 2-0 in singles, and the doubles teams of Morgan Matley and Marisol Arvilla, and Addie Gardner and Monika Ryan each went 2-0. The Gaels subbed out almost their entire lineup before the third round.

"Coming up from Vegas, the level of competition is higher down there all season long, battling week in and week out with top quality tennis players," Galena coach Jim Eftimoff said.

The Southern powers will meet at noon today for the title.

"We're going to be an intimidating team to beat," Reese said.


Southern Nevada schools dominated the boys tournament, setting up a showdown between the Sunrise Region and Sunset Region champs.

Sunrise champ Coronado defeated Reno, the North's No. 1 seed, 11-7, and Sunset champ Palo Verde routed Bishop Manogue, 18-0.

The Panthers dominated in every aspect, winning 17 of 18 sets by scores of 6-3 or better, including six 6-0 sets.

Singles players provided the spark for the Panthers, as Trevor Johnson, Ozzy Abraham and Rhett Bossung each went 3-0.

"Their performance was definitely what we needed to get things started, because we feed off the singles guys," Palo Verde coach Zach Brandt said. "They always seem to finish so quickly, so when they come off with everyone knowing they've won, our doubles guys feel a little less pressure, and it allows them to be more comfortable."

Palo Verde's only doubles team that stayed together for three sets was Jordan Baduria and Bruno Sunago, who won, 6-0, 6-3, 6-1.

The teams of Wesley Mann and Conor Safbom, and Zack Surmacz and Bailey Swainston each went 2-0.

Doubles play was less dependable for Coronado, which earned eight of its 11 points in singles play.

Sam Cohen shined in singles, winning his three sets 6-2, 6-0, 6-3 for the Cougars.

"Doing well in the semis helps me a lot in particular, because I have talent, but a lot of my game is mental, so this just helps me get in my groove," Cohen said. "I'm going to need that tomorrow, because I know Palo is going to play hard."

The matchup of the area's region champs will take place at 9 a.m. today at Caughlin Athletic Club.

"Now we can relax and just have fun," Bohanan said. "We got to the final, which was our goal, so there's no pressure, and we can just go out there to play our game, have fun and see what happens."