Playing tennis without a partner is a vastly different experience for Riley Boyden.
Last year, Boyden and Ian Rinehart were the top duo in the North in doubles and finished fourth at state.
Boyden, a senior at Reno, won his lone match Tuesday in the Northern 4A boys team tennis Region quarterfinals. He played some singles last year also, but mostly doubles.
This year, Boyden is playing all singles, and quite well. He has not lost this fall and helped Reno advance to the team Regional semifinals with a 16-2 win over McQueen on Tuesday.
“The whole team played well,” Boyden said. “We have to keep playing our game and don’t let up ever. We can’t be overconfident. I just keep telling myself to play the game.”
He played tennis year-round at tournaments in Northern California and as often as possible during the week leading into the high school season.
Boyden said he liked playing doubles because he had someone to talk to during matches.
“If you’re alone, it’s kind of spooky. It’s ominous, almost. It’s all on me,” Boyden said. “It took me a while to adjust. It’s been a weird transition, but I’m enjoying it.”
Reno has won nine consecutive team Region championships and is undefeated this season. The Huskies beat the No. 2 seed, Damonte Ranch, 13-5, in early September as Boyden defeated defending Northern Region champion Tim Zagar.
Reno coach Craig Gorbach said the Huskies have more depth this year than they have had in a few years.
Galena won the title in 2006 and 2006.
Also Tuesday, Spanish Springs beat Galena, 11-7; Damonte Ranch beat Reed 11-7 and Carson bear Bishop Manogue, 14-4.
Reno will host the Cougars at 3 p.m. Thursday and Carson will be at Damonte, also at 3 p.m.
The boys team final is at 3 p.m Friday at Lakeridge Tennis Club.
The individual Regional tournament is Oct. 12-15 at Bishop Manogue and Caughlin Athletic Club.
On the girls side Tuesday, Reno beat Reed, 13-5; Carson beat Galena, 10-9; Bishop Manogue beat McQueen, 17-1; and Douglas beat Spanish Springs, 12-6.
Reno will host Carson at noon Thursday and Douglas will be at Manogue at 3 p.m. Thursday.
The girls team championship is at 3 p.m Friday at Caughlin Athletic Club.