Boys prepared for tennis after Roberts
August 31, 2008
For the past four years, the South Tahoe High boys’ tennis team has had the luxury of relying on Jimmy Roberts, who qualified for state three times during his career, including a regional title and a third-place state finish in 2006.
Now the Vikings will have to come up with new stars if it hopes to continues its success in the Sierra League.
Jordan Zager, David Grand and Cameron Chase, however, figure to be the likely suspects to fill the void Roberts left.
“I think the team is stronger, knowing everybody on the team has to get points on the team instead of one person can win three for you,” said STHS coach Justin Clark. “Everyone is going to be fighting for points.”
Zager and Chase, who are juniors, both lost their first-round matches at the 2007 Northern 4A regional tournament, though Zager posted seven aces in his loss and Chase had the difficult task of facing the High Desert League’s top seed. Grand, meanwhile, won key singles matches in South Tahoe’s playoff-clinching win over Douglas last year, helping the Vikings host a first-round playoff match for the second straight year.
“There were some high points for them seeing (that kind of) competition,” SClark said of Zager and Chase after last year’s regional tournament. “It’s great for them to see how those guys play because they can see the areas where they need to improve.”
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Juniors Nick Kushner, Michael Weber and Derek Garofalos and sophomore Philip Gaston round out a formidable lineup for what will be another difficult road to the postseason.
Regional power Galena and Reno swapped places in the High Desert and Sierra leagues, while perennial playoff participant Bishop Manogue have moved into the Sierra League, giving STHS another playoff contender in a league that still includes Douglas and Carson.
“Hopefully we can be in the top four, but I think that all of the teams are pretty even,” Clark said. “We have two stronger teams in there in Galena and Manogue, but we can’t think past Carson, Douglas, Truckee or Incline.”
Coach: Justin Clark, second year
Last year: Qualified for regionals as Sierra League No. 2 seed
Key returners: David Grand, Cameron Chase, Jordan Zager
Key loss: Jimmy Roberts (state semifinalist, regional runner-up)
Opener: Today at Sparks
Sept. 9/Damonte/3:30 p.m.
Sept. 11/Douglas/3:30 p.m.
Sept. 16/Galena/3:30 p.m.
Sept. 18/Incline/3:30 p.m.
Sept. 23/Truckee/3:30 p.m.
Sept. 25/Wooster/3:30 p.m.
Sept. 30/Manogue/3:30 p.m.
Oct. 2/Carson/3:30 p.m.
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