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Viking tennis makes state

Becky Regan / Tahoe Daily Tribune The South Tahoe girls tennis team celebrates after winning its regional tournament match Thursday.

A trip to state is now a guarantee for the Vikings boys and girls tennis teams.

Both teams captured the win in regional play Thursday at South Tahoe High School, and will advance to regional finals in Reno today. The teams are now guaranteed a spot in state championships. In addition, if the teams win today they will earn a better seed going into state and the not so shabby title of regional champions. It all started with Thursday’s win.

“South Tahoe’s really good. They’re very aggressive at the net so we just try to lob it back and stay consistent,” Fallon’s No. 1 doubles player Amy Hasselgesser said.

The South Tahoe girls broke open the tournament in the first round, capturing a 5-1 commanding lead. They collected four more points in the second round and cemented the 13-5 win in the third.

Singles players Maggie Lee and Catherine Baghdikian went 3-0 and singles player Natalie Allen added a 2-1 performance.

“We won all the singles matches in the first round 6-0 so it was pretty much ‘OK, we got this’,” Allen said.

On the doubles front, Cassandra Marin and Emily Rieves went 2-0. Sarah Jobbins and Grace Bronken also dominated their doubles match with a 2-1 record.

“We just didn’t make too many unforced errors,” Bronken said. “We always say hit by hit to each other.”

The boys team cleaned up as well in Thursday’s regionals. The Vikings clinched the win in the first two rounds and came away with a 12-6 victory.

No. 1 singles Chad Kaassamani along with the doubles teams of Colton McHugh and Kyle Swain and other veteran doubles team Grant Fagen and Adam Jarrett all qualified for individual state competition.

Both teams will travel to Reno to play Truckee in the regional finals today. This marks the first time that both boys and girls qualified for state together.