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South Tahoe Vikings tennis team beats Churchill, will face Truckee Friday

Vikings No. 1 singles player Mickey Sullivan hits return during his first round victory Thursday against Churchill at South Tahoe.

South Tahoe struggled a little bit early, but came on strong as the match against Churchill wore on and the Vikings pulled away for a 3A regional semifinal win on their home courts 14-4.

"I'm very happy with the way they played," said Vikings head coach Will Davenport. "That's the first time to play that lineup together. They played well and got stronger every round."

South Tahoe's top singles player, senior Mickey Sullivan, won all three of his matches and Davenport was pleased with his team captain all week.

"With it being playoffs, I think it was easier to get their attention this week," Davenport said. "Our leader, Mickey, stepped up today, not just on the tennis court, but all week in practice and he led us during our pregame preparation and that's a big deal when your senior captain steps up."

Sullivan bemoaned the way he played halfway through the first match before prevailing 6-4. While pausing for a drink of water he sighed, "I'm playing so bad today."

But like everybody else, Sullivan played better the deeper into the match it got.

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The No. 2 seed Vikings will play Friday, Oct. 6, against top seed Truckee in Reno for the regional title and Sullivan hopes the Vikings can get over the hump and beat the Wolverines for the first time in three tries this season.

"We're gonna fight hard all the way," Sullivan said. "We almost got them last time, but we've got a stronger team now. We haven't beat them in the past couple years and it would be cool if we could beat them in my senior year."

Davenport also likes his chances of beating Truckee. The Vikings lost 13-5 then 11-7 in their first two meetings. That was before they got Kailer Womack back from injury and he will strengthen South Tahoe's doubles teams.

"I think we're ready to go against Truckee tomorrow," Davenport said. "I like our matchups with this particular lineup. I think Truckee will have a little bit to handle."

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