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Doubles teams propel Vikings past Fallon

Larry Barker / Tribune News ServiceSouth Tahoe High senior Nick Kushner hits a backhand return during a doubles match against Fallon on Thursday. Kushner and partner Jordan Zager won all three of their matches.
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FALLON – The South Tahoe High Vikings dominated doubles play en route to a 12-6 victory over Fallon on Thursday.

Fallon won six of nine singles matches, but the Vikings swept all nine doubles matches to earn the win.

“It was a tough match today,” Vikings’ head coach Justin Clark said. “Fallon’s No. 1 player beat three of our guys and their No. 2 beat our No. 1 and No. 3 players. Their singles guys are strong and our doubles guys are strong.”



South Tahoe dominated the doubles action, blanking Fallon in five of nine matches. In the first round, Jordan Zager and Nick Kushner topped Hadley Faught and Aaron Evett, 6-0; Phillip Gaston and Derek Garofalos took down Steve Mederios and Aaron Thomas, 6-3; and Gregory Baghdikian and Colton Marchesseault defeated Ryan Yates and Ryne Wood, 6-0.

Things went just as well for the Vikings in the second round as Gaston-Garofalos topped Faught-Evett, 6-3; Zager-Kushner won over Yates-Wood, 6-2 and Baghdikian-Marchesseault beat Medeiros-Thomas, 6-0.



Fallon inserted some new players in he third round, but that didn’t stop the Vikings’ domination. Zager-Kushner topped Dylan Slentz and Thomas, 6-0, Baghdikian-Marchesseault defeated Faught-Evett, 6-1, and Gaston-Garofalos blanked Bob Powell and J.C. Orlfo, 6-0.

“We have three seniors, two junior and one sophomore playing doubles,” Clark said. “That’s just what they’ve done.”

In singles play, the Vikings picked up two wins from Michael Weber and one from Cameron Chase. Weber defeated Shiva Rajagopal, 6-0 and Kevin Chrisiansen, 6-3. Chase beat Doc Vendiola, 6-0.

Fallon’s Michael Moore won three singles matches, defeating Chase, 7-6 (7-3); Weber, 6-2; and Francisco Marin, 6-2. Christiansen beat Colton Van Pelt, 7-5 and Chase, 6-4. Rajagopal also defeated Van Pelt, 7-5.

South Tahoe (2-0) plays host to Damonte Ranch on Tuesday.


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