Dynamic duo set promising tone for season
With powerful serves and aggressive net play, the doubles duo of senior Parker Alexander and junior Garrett Moulton set the tone for their team as the Vikings (1-0) shut down the visiting Truckee Wolverines (0-1) 16-6.5 Tuesday at South Tahoe High.
“We’re off to a good start,” Alexander said after he and his partner dominated their opponents 6-0 in their only match of the day. “We’re getting our first serves in and not making many mistakes.”
In a match that saw them doublefault one time and make only a handful of errors, it’s hard to believe they have only been playing together for a month.
“We move really well together,” Alexander said. “We also have an advantage being a lefty-righty combo. No matter what, we’ll never have to serve into the sun.”
Head coach Pat Fagen agreed with Alexander and is excited about what the duo can do on the court.
“They are definitely our anchor,” he said. “They complement each other nicely. Parker’s experience really helps keep Garrett focused.”
The rest of the Viking squad showed up focused as well.
Junior Chris Fillipko had a nice performance, winning both of his matches 7-5 and 6-4. Fillipko mixed up crafty drop shots with graceful ground strokes en route to his victories.
“My key wasn’t power today,” Fillipko said. “It was placement and getting the ball over the net.”
Despite breaking his racket in the first round, senior Corrie Lindsy also got out of the gate strong, defeating his opponents 6-0, 6-1 and 6-4.
“I was hitting everything really hard in the first few games,” Lindsy said. “Then I had to get used to a new racket so I was just concentrating on getting the ball over.”
Backed by freshman Jason Schmedes’ heavy serves and junior Mikey Ledesma’s strong return game, South Tahoe’s second-seeded doubles team notched victories in both of their rounds, 6-1 and 6-2.
While the Vikings did suffer a few defeats, coach Fagen was happy to get his players going and ready for the season.
“It was really nice to get all the guys a chance to play today,” he said.
The Viking netters will look for continued home-court success when the Wooster Colts visit on Thursday.
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