Lady Viking tennis falls in team championships, preps for individual regional tourney
South Tahoe dominated singles while Truckee controlled the doubles matches in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 3A Northern Region Team Tennis Championships.
In the end, each team won the same amount of matches (9) so it went to a tiebreaker.
And then the teams tied in the tiebreaker 3-3. Again South Tahoe won all three singles matches and Truckee winning all three doubles contests.
So it came down to total points won and the No. 3 seed Wolverines won two more and were awarded a 10-9 victory over the No. 2 Lady Vikings, ending the team season for South Tahoe.
Truckee went on to beat No. 4 North Valleys for the regional title.
Incline was originally the top seed in the tournament, but forfeited the entire tournament due to lack of players. The school was off for a vacation week and not enough players were available for the Highlanders to make a run at the title.
Incline, South Tahoe and Truckee finished the season with identical 8-2 records and deciding seeds for the tournament went through tiebreakers.
With Incline dropping out, Vikings head coach Tracey Samoluk believes the tournament should’ve been re-seeded and the bracket changed.
As it stands, the Vikings miss out on a state berth that went automatically to No. 4 North Valleys (6-6 3A Northern League) because Incline forfeited that match. The Vikings beat North Valleys 14-4 this season.
“It should have been South Tahoe and Truckee in the final playing for the championship,” said Samoluk.
But it was definitely an epic semifinal worthy of being a championship match.
South Tahoe’s top player, junior Kayla Mason, won all three of her matches, including a narrow come-from-behind 6-4 victory over Truckee’s No. 1.
The Vikings No. 2 Sierra Dahl also won all three matches and surrendered just three games in the process.
Freshman Lauren Romsos earned South Tahoe’s other singles point where the Vikings earned seven of their nine points.
A pair of close doubles matches turned the final result in Truckee’s favor.
South Tahoe’s top singles team of Riana Bindel and Lauren Schwartz played more tennis than their teammates.
The duo fell 7-5 to Truckee’s No. 1 team and also lost 7-6 (7-5) to the Wolverines No. 2 team in the two longest matches of the day.
South Tahoe and Incline will each be represented well in the NIAA 3A Northern Region girls and boys Individual Tennis Championship Tournaments.
The Highlanders own three of the top six singles seeds and the Vikings have two of the top five.
Incline’s Kate Tong owns the No. 1 seed for the tournament that begins Friday, Oct. 12, and ends the next day at Tahoe Donner Tennis Club in Truckee. She has yet to lose a match this season.
Incline sophomore Millie Jenkins is No. 3 and senior teammate Taylor Redfern is No. 6.
Mason is the No. 2 seed and has only lost two matches this season (28-2) and both close losses were to Tong.
Dahl is the fifth out of eight seeds in the 16-player bracket.
Bindel and Schwartz earned the No. 2 seed, right behind the top team from Truckee they just lost a close match against.
Incline’s Carolyn Eppolito and Melanie Racich are seeded No. 4.
The top three singles and doubles finishers qualify for the state tournament that will be played Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, at Tahoe Donner Tennis Club.