First-place Viking netters knock North Tahoe from unbeaten ranks
In a match pitted as the “battle of the unbeatens,” the South Tahoe Vikings (5-0) came away with a 12.5-10 victory over North Tahoe (4-1) Tuesday in a Northern Nevada League match at South Tahoe High.
“What a tough match,” Viking coach Pat Fagen said. “I’m very proud of the way the team played today.”
Early on, the realigned first-seeded doubles team of Parker Alexander and Jason Schmedes got the Vikings going with 6-2 and 6-3 victories. While the
second seeded team of Mikey Ledesma and Garrett Moulton equaled their teammates efforts, securing 6-3 and 6-1 victories in their matches.
However, the drama would develop later in the match on the singles side.
Entering the third-and-final round, the score was 10.5-10 in favor of the Vikings But with two singles games yet to be played, the match was still up for grabs.
Chris Fillipko, who won his two earlier matches 6-4 and 7-5, battled with North Tahoe’s number one seed and came out on top 6-4.
On a nearby court, Corrie Lindsey battled the Lakers’ third seed in the final game of the match.
With tension mounting, Lindsey buckled down and defeated his opponent 6-3 to seal the victory for the Vikings.
“I was real proud of both of them,” Fagen said of his two singles players. “The boys didn’t beat themselves. They stayed with the game plan and persevered with solid, fundamental tennis.”
While the team is riding high in first place, it now must face a tough part of the schedule with Manogue on Thursday and Reno on Tuesday.
“We’re very happy we’re sitting in first place,” Fagen said. “But the team also understands the challenges that lie ahead.”
Battling against the reigning state champs, the visiting South Tahoe Vikings fell victim to the powerful serves of the Fallon Greenwaves 15-5, 15-10 and 15-3 Tuesday night in Nevada 4A volleyball.
“We played bad tonight,” Viking coach Gary Hankoff said. “We were served off the court in the first and last games.”
While the Greenwaves were able to control the flow of play on one side of the net, the other side saw a Viking team struggling to get their game going.
“Our passing really killed us,” Hankoff said. “We are a powerful team when we pass the ball.”
Unfortunately, the Vikings back line was unable to put the ball into the hands of setter Jessica Urreaga, who has made a name for herself setting up power-hitting teammate Jessica Dilegame. The team instead made a series of unforced errors.
“We basically beat ourselves,” Hankoff said. “Our passing errors really beat us tonight.”
While the long trip to Fallon produced an undesirable result for the Vikings, Hankoff saw glimpses of the great team he knows is ready to break out.
“When we did get a pass in we were unstoppable,” Hankoff said. “We need to get a good set to Dilegame. She hits the ball so hard, it’s unbelievable.”
Hankoff feels it’s only a matter of time before his team breaks out.
“We need to try and play error-free side-out volleyball,” he said. “The talent level is awesome on this team, it’s just not clicking yet. But when it does, I think we’re going to surprise a lot of people.”
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