Kropf delivers in clutch against Senators
Zach Kropf won his final singles match 7-6 in a tiebreaker to give South Tahoe a 10-8 Sierra Division win over Carson Tuesday at South Tahoe High School. With the victory, the Vikings (3-2 overall, 2-1 division) retain their second-place standing in the division behind first-place Reno.
With South Tahoe leading 9-8 and every other match completed, Kropf rebounded from his previous two losses and kept the match from ending in a 9-9 tie. Coach Kyle Horvath said the Vikings probably would’ve won the tiebreaker since they had more total wins than Carson.
“But we didn’t want it to come to that,” Horvath said. “Zach was so stoked and the whole team was stoked for him. He lost his first two matches, but he was playing really well. He just couldn’t get any winners. Carson did not want to lose. They did everything they could to win matches.”
Jimmy Roberts and Nathan Garofalos both won all three of their singles matches for South Tahoe, while the doubles team of Jamie Moore and Hans Mayer won two matches. Clayton Cole and Greg Gaskin won a match in the second round.
The match was tied 3-3 after the first round and 6-6 after the second round. The Vikings, who beat Hug 16-2 last Thursday, host Wooster on Thursday in another division match that starts at 3 p.m. Horvath said the team raised $600 in its fund-raiser raffle that was held Tuesday.
“We’re not going to take anything for granted after today,” Horvath said. “Pat Houlihan, he runs a great program down there in Carson. Their doubles teams really put us to the test.”
Vikings dominate Carson girls
South Tahoe won the first 12 matches and cruised to a 13-5 Sierra Division girls’ tennis win at Carson City on Tuesday.
Singles players Masha Long, Jade Copple and McKensie Pimley each lost only one game in their first-round matches and the trio had a relatively easy time in the second round as well, dropping five games collectively.
“I thought it was the best match we’ve had all season,” said STHS coach Pat Fagen. “I’m especially happy with the girls stepping up today and executing some of the things we’ve been working on in practice.”
The Vikings’ three starting doubles teams were just as effective as No. 1 Chela Wahl and Jennifer Schmedes, No. 2 Katie Killebrew and Cierra Rawlings and No. 3 Sydney Dufty and Lizzy Goldenberg each won two matches.
Goldenberg and Dufty, the lone regulars remaining in the lineup, picked up the Vikings’ only third-round point.
“They are getting better and better each match,” Fagen said of Goldenberg and Dufty.
The Vikings, who moved into second place in division standings at 3-1, travel to Wooster on Thursday.
Vikings best Damonte Ranch
Following a busy and intense weekend in the High Sierra Invitational, South Tahoe High was nearly upset by Damonte Ranch on Tuesday night in Reno.
The Vikings overcame a slow start and two tough games to beat the winless Mustangs, 25-23, 25-16 and 26-24. Damonte led the first game by as many as five points before STHS’s serving caught fire to change the game.
“They have played tougher in the past, but they are still looking good like they usually do,” said Damonte coach Tami Ward, whose team dropped to 0-8. “They are good passers, play good defense and have strong hitters. They can hit back row, front row and anywhere on the court they can surprise you with a good hit.”
Individual statistics weren’t available at press time.
Damonte won the junior varsity match, 25-15, 23-25, 16-14.