Vikings shock previously unbeaten Manogue
South Tahoe High showed why it can be more than a Northern 4A regional tennis playoff qualifier on Tuesday.
The Vikings knocked off previously unbeaten Bishop Manogue 13-5 in a boys’ match in South Lake Tahoe, securing a spot in next week’s postseason team tournament.
“They put it all together,” said STHS coach Justin Clark. “They are good enough to beat anybody on any given day. The hardest part is them playing well every day.”
South Tahoe will try to clinch a No. 3 playoff seed with a home victory against Carson on Thursday.
“This was our time,” said Vikings’ senior singles player Cameron Chase, who won two of his three matches against the Miners. “We realized that we had to get it done. This is our last chance to play tennis four our high school.”
With temperatures dipping to 50 degrees and the winds stirring up dust around the courts, it was a day that only a mountain tennis player could appreciate.
“I was hoping we could play the match. The guys were ready to play,” Clark said. “The temperature has to be above 50, and the winds need to be less than 50 mph.”
Chase and Michael Weber combined for four of the Vikings’ five singles victories, and South Tahoe won eight of nine doubles matches. Jordan Zager and Nick Kushner won by scores of 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1. The duo of Phillip Gaston and Derek Garofalos won two matches at 6-1, then Gaston paired up with Grant Jones to win 6-4 in the final round. Colton Marchesseault and Kolton Van Pelt claimed their matches, 6-2 and 7-5.
Tyler Ramirez won all three of his singles matches for the Miners.
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