The Truckee boys tennis team clinched the No. 1 seed from the High Desert League of the Northern Division 1-A and a first-round bye in the regional postseason tournament after finishing the regular season with a 7-2 record.
While the second and third seeds from the High Desert and Sierra leagues waged battle in the quarterfinal round Tuesday, the Wolverines will face their first postseason action in the semifinals Thursday at the Tahoe Donner Tennis Center.
Truckee will take on the winner between North Tahoe, which is the third-seeded High Desert team, and Incline, which is seeded second from the Sierra League. Results of that matchup were not available by deadline.
Facing three divisional challengers to end the regular season, the Truckee boys dominated play.
Taking on North Valley without several starters, the depth of the Truckee squad was apparent in a 15-3 win. The first round was a sweep, with all singles and doubles teams winning starting sets.
"We mixed up the doubles teams a bit, just to have them play with different partners," said Truckee coach Rick Deeter.
Aaron Deeter teamed up with Tobie Ziegler to win 6-0. Then Ziegler teamed up with Zack Yamauchi to win 6-1 in the second round. Zach Conradson won 6-0 with Colin Gerrard and then backed it up with another 6-0 victory with Teagan Pado. Several freshman players saw action, including Jack Feick, Colter Fellows and Tanner Smith, all winning their sets.
The Wolverines faced two opponents last week, North Tahoe and Hug, and came out with two more victories, beating the Lakers 18-0 and the Hawks 15-3.
The Lakers struggled with Truckee's starting nine, giving up all six initial sets. The traveling squad quickly rotated in Addison Dvoracek and Eli Yale into singles spots, both winning 6-0 and 6-1, respectively.
Conradson teamed up with Alex Omar and Teagan Pado teamed with Brandon Flora to win doubles, 6-0. Two Tylers, Paladino and Omar, won their second-round match 6-2. French foreign exchange student Raphael Antz jumped into a singles match to win 6-1, helping lead the Wolverines to the sweep.
Hug represented the final match of the regular season. Once again, the entire team was able to contribute, with a few players taking on unusual spots. For the first time this year, Teagan Pado and Brandon Flora played singles instead of doubles, winning their sets 6-3 and 6-2.
Hug was unable to field a complete team, forcing them to forfeit three sets in the match. Hug did manage a few victories in doubles matches, but singles dominance by Yale, Dvoracek, Tyler Paladino and Yamauchi helped lift Truckee to the win.
Truckee's only two losses of the regular season came against larger Division I teams, which for the first year will compete for their own separate tennis state championships.
If the Wolverines win in the semifinal round Thursday - matches begin at 3 p.m. - they'll advance to the regional finals, scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. at the Reno Tennis Center.
"We hope to move on to the regional finals, given our past performance," said Truckee coach Ken Cutler.
Individual singles and doubles play will start next Friday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m., hosted by Truckee at the Tahoe Donner Tennis Center.