Vikings double up Fallon
Two South Tahoe High boys’ doubles team remained unbeaten Thursday as the Vikings won their home opener, beating Fallon 12-6 at South Tahoe Middle School.
Colton Marchesseault and Kolton Van Pelt swept their three doubles matches with the Greenwave, as did the duo of Gregory Baghdikian and Grant Jones. Both STHS teams are 12-0 on the season.
STHS coach Justin Clark may have found another formidable duo on Thursday as Michael Bott and Hayden Bronken combined to win two matches.
“South Tahoe is a tough squad,” said Fallon coach John Moore. “We always have trouble defeating their doubles teams.”
Fallon’s No. 1 doubles team of Shiva Rajagopal and Ryan Yates pulled out the Greenwave’s only doubles win, beating Bott and Bronken, 6-1.
South Tahoe (3-1), which lost to Carson 10-8 on Tuesday, also received solid singles play from senior Phillip Gaston and Chad Kaassamani. Gaston won both of his matches as the Vikings ran their season record to 3-1. Chad Kaassamani delivered hard-fought 6-4 and 7-6 victories.
The development of freshmen singles players Kaassamani and Grant Fagen is pleasing to Clark.
“They made great strides in developing their games as young tennis players,” Clark said.
Fallon’s singles players thrived, winning five of the nine matches. Michael Moore won two sets, while Garrett Kalt, Aaron Evett each and Doc Vendiola posted victories.
The Greenwave is 2-2 for the season.
STHS girls pummel Fallon
As one of the preseason favorites for a regional title, the South Tahoe girls tennis team looked the part on Tuesday at the Edward Arciniega Complex.
The Vikings dropped Fallon, 16-2, in a 4A league contest, losing only a pair of doubles matches.
South Tahoe singles players Rebecca Roberts, Maggie Lee and Cassandra Marin led the way for the Vikings. Roberts beat Adriana Felan (6-1), Cami Palludan (6-1) and Christina Hesselgesser (6-3). Marin also went 3-0, getting by Felan (6-1), Palludan (6-3) and Hesselgesser (6-1). Lee also posted convincing wins, 6-2,6-1,6-0.
“The Tahoe girls have been working diligently since summer,” South Tahoe head coach Jenny Clark said. “They are motivated to get to state this year.”
Fallon, however, saw its success come from the doubles tandem of Joycelyn Conner and Christine Adkins. The duo improved their record to 9-2 on the year with wins over Amanda and Emily Rives (7-5) and Adrienne Testa and Rachel Altman (6-1).
“They (Conner and Adkins) were on today,” Moore said. “They were accurate and in control.”
Though the Lady Wave suffered a big loss, head coach Julie Moore took some positives out of the match. For starters, Fallon improved its win total against the Vikings from a season ago.
“A lot of hustle,” Moore said of her players. “They had a lot of good shots, but they got outplayed. We had one more win than last year, so that’s an improvement.”
But in the end, the day belonged to the Vikings (4-0). Singles players Marin, Roberts and Lee each went 3-0 on the day. The Rives sisters went 2-1, and Clark was able to play some of her alternates.
“The last three matches I’ve been able to play the alternates and get them some experience,” Clark said.
The Vikings will play on the new courts at South Tahoe High on Tuesday against Damonte Ranch.