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Vikings girls’ tennis armed for postseason

Steve Yingling

Jonah M. Kessel / Tahoe Daily Tribune

During his seven-year run as the South Tahoe High girls’ tennis coach, Pat Fagen established the program as one of the top four in Northern Nevada.

Although the Vikings were unable to eclipse the Reno and Galena programs, South Tahoe consistently produced regional-contending teams.

That successful tradition will now fall into the hands of Jenny Clark. Fagen resigned after last year’s playoff run to tend to his career and family commitments.

“These are Pat’s girls. He raised some great tennis,” Clark said. “It could have been easy for Pat to leave when they were all seniors. He left behind a very solid team. I feel so honored to be a part of it.”

In previous seasons, the program made great strides, as Masha Long won a regional title in 2006 and Chela Wahl and Kenzie Usher made a rare Vikings’ doubles appearance in the state tournament last season.

Those standout players, however, have graduated, leaving the next success story to an experienced and talented core of players.

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Senior Jenny Wiseman leads a veteran group of singles players into competition this week, while senior Savannah Cherry is the Vikings’ most experienced doubles player. Joining Wiseman in singles play will be senior Alyssa Mlysnky and sophomore Rebecca Roberts, the younger sister of Jimmy Roberts. Mlysnky and Roberts each posted singles wins in a regional semifinal playoff loss to Reno last year.

Lindsey Buchanan competed as a singles player last year but has opted to team with Cherry in doubles.

“There’s no reason why they can’t go all the way,” Clark said.

Clark is pleased with the depth she has in doubles. Senior Hannah Kropf, who remains in contention for a singles spot, and sophomore Shannon Piazzo could form one pair and sophomores Lupe Ramirez and Krisha Penoller are set to play their second straight season together. Sophomores Angel Aquino and Amanda Rives are alternates who are catching on quickly in their first year of tennis.

“Come out to the home games. We want to build some excitement,” said Clark, noting that a concession stand will be available to spectators at STHS this season.

Date/Opponent/Time

Today/Sparks/3:30 p.m.

Sept. 4/At Fallon/3:30 p.m.

Sept. 9/Damonte Ranch/3:30 p.m.

Sept. 11/At Douglas/3:30 p.m.

Sept. 16/At Galena/3:30 p.m.

Sept. 18/At Incline/3:30 p.m.

Sept. 23/At 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.

for photos from the STHS girls tennis team practice.