Girls tennis team steps up season |

Girls tennis team steps up season

Michael Traum

The South Tahoe girls tennis team improved to 3-0 on the season with a 12-10 win over Sparks on Tuesday at South Tahoe High.

“It was another great effort. We have a really good group of competitors who play at or above their skills. You can’t do much better than a perfect record to start. We’ll have some big challenges coming up in the next weeks, so we’ll see what happens,” said coach Scott Chaplin.

Lindsay Daugherty continued her strong early season performance, winning three singles matches. Brooke Shively and Nikki Moore each added a pair of wins while Jan Goethals one won. On the doubles side, Crystal Hixenbaugh and Lorian Lindsay teamed to win two, with Lisa Borges/Danielle Ledesma adding one.

Whittell High’s volleyball team got an impressive season-opening win, 15-13, 15-10, 6-15, 11-15, 15-11 at North Tahoe on Tuesday.

The Warriors outhustled last year’s third-place state finishers, according to coach Dan McLaughlin.

“We did the nonglamourous things like hustling, outserving and outpassing them,” he said. “It was truly a team effort.”

Becca Fore collected 14 kills and five blocks to lead the way. Karin Kaleta added eight kills, three blocks and four service aces, while Sara Van Cleemput had seven digs, Aurora Terry five aces and Erin Zaskoda four aces.

The South Tahoe boys tennis team lost a close match to Sparks, 13-9, on Tuesday in Sparks.

Colin Moulton collected three singles wins, while Ricky Wasilchuk won two and Jody Michael won one. The doubles teams of Graham St. Michele/Brian Hill and Jeff Johnson/Don Son added a win each.

“Just a couple of more wins and we would’ve been there,” said Tahoe coach Pat Fagen, who started four freshmen, four sophomores and three juniors. “We’re really just building for the future.”

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