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Tennis serves up All-Academic

Courtesy of Jenny Clark Cassandra Marin, left, and Emily Rives show off the silver medals they picked up in the doubles finals of individual state competition Saturday. The two seniors went undefeated in regular season play this year.

The Vikings earned points in the classroom as well as on the court this season. The girls and boys tennis teams both won All Academic State Friday at the Reno competition. “The two teams that we were up against were both private schools,” girls coach Jenny Clark said. “I love that even though they were private schools with tuitions and scholarships, our school could step up and win what was most important. Academic accolades aside, the Vikings also turned in top performances on the court in Reno. Six players earned a seed in individual competition.No. 1 doubles team Cassandra Marin and Emily Rives fought their way to the finals and took home silver. “Before the last match we told each other we had nothing to lose and this was it, so we needed to leave it all on the court,” Marin said in email. Marin and Rives made their way through three rounds against some of the toughest doubles competition in the state. When they got to the finals the girls faced two top singles players, who had paired up to dominate the double competition. Despite the intimidating competition, Marin and Rives hit the court with a positive attitude. If they were going to lose they would at least have fun in the finals.“I’m excited to get second in the state. Not a bad way to end a really good experience,” Rives said in an email. “No matter what the outcome is, playing in the finals in state is a really nice way to end my high school tennis career, and I am happy to make it this far.”South Tahoe’s No. 1 singles players Chad Kaasasamani and Maggie Lee both made it to quarterfinals. Doubles team Grace Bronken and Sarah Jobbins also competed in quarterfinals. All four are juniors stand a good chance at repeat trips to state next year.All totaled, six players competed at individuals. Not too shabby of a season for South Tahoe tennis. “I know this season will forever be a lasting memory. Taking home regional champs and second place at state,” Marin said. “I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”