Forfeit win advances South Tahoe boys tennis to regional championship
The South Tahoe boys tennis team finished the season in second place in the Div. I-A Northern League standings — and caught a break in the tournament. The Vikings advanced to the Div. I-A regional championship with a forfeit victory over third-seeded Incline, a result that qualifies them for the NIAA state tournament.
South Tahoe (9-2) learned of the forfeit victory when the brackets were released last weekend. Instead of hosting Incline (7-4) on Thursday the Vikings advance to Friday’s regional championship, where they will meet the winner of Thursday’s match between top-seeded Truckee and fourth-seeded Fallon.
The Highlanders were forced to forfeit Thursday’s match as the result of a class trip to Costa Rica that included more than half of their team. Incline’s girls tennis team also forfeited its regional semifinal match.
South Tahoe concluded its regular season with a 16-2 win over North Tahoe on Friday at STHS courts. In the victory, 18 different players earned points and the Vikings took all six sets in the first and third round.
In singles play, South Tahoe won seven of nine sets. In the No. 1 spot the Vikings took two of three — Adam Jarrett won 6-2 in the first round, Lucas Demsar fell 4-6 in the second round and Bryin Schouten prevailed 6-1 in the last round.
In the No. 2 singles spot, three South Tahoe players delivered three wins — Louis Marin won 6-1, Gabe Tenocelotl prevailed 6-4 and Jonathan LaRue delivered a 6-3 victory. In the No. 3 position, Mickey Sullivan split the first two rounds 6-1, 1-6 and Matthew Barnett won 6-2 in the third round.
The Vikings swept all nine doubles sets against North Tahoe — including three walkovers as the result of the Lakers not fielding a No. 3 doubles team. In the No. 1 position, Bryce Kortge and Morgan Petrogallo won 6-0 in the first round while the team of Jackson Kuzmik and Daniel Sandborn prevailed 6-1 in the second round and won by forfeit in the last round.
In the No. 2 doubles spot, Hawley Jarrett and Janez Demsar teamed for a 6-2 win in the first round and a walkover victory in the second round — Janez Demsar paired with Kailer Womack in the last round for a 6-1 win. At No. 3, Temugen Enkhbayar and Nick Coolbaugh picked up a walkover win in the first round before winning 6-1 in the second round — Enkhbayar teamed with Sam Satin in the last round for a 7-6 (3) victory.
South Tahoe will play in the NIAA Div. I-A regional championship Friday at 3 p.m. at Reno Tennis Center’s Plumas Street Courts. The state tournament begins Thursday, Oct. 23.