South Tahoe tennis | Viking boys push for state

Becky Regan
No.1 singles player Chad Kaassamani was undefeated on Tuesday during South Tahoe’s home match against Carson.
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The Vikings looked confident and composed on the tennis court during an 11-7 win against Division I Carson on Tuesday.

Last week’s loss to Bishop Manogue was just a memory, maybe even good one considering the boys tennis team seemed more focused than ever on its state goal.

“We’re going to Las Vegas. We’re going to win in Vegas as a team, and we’re going to dump Gatorade on Justin (Clark),” No. 1 singles player Chad Kaassamani said.

Head coach Justin Clark isn’t the type of guy who sets unrealistic goals for his team. If Clark talks about making state then the Vikings have a shot. The boys team is strong this year. The team has five returning seniors and skilled players on both the doubles and singles front.

Senior Chad Kaassamani is the No. 1 singles player. He qualified for individual state competition as a junior last year, and this year he’s picking up right where he left off. Kaassamani won 6-2, 6-0 and 6-0 on Tuesday.

No. 1 senior doubles team Kyle Swain and Colton McHugh notched a 6-0 win and 6-3 win.

“It’s been a pretty exciting year. There’s been a lot of close matches,” Swain said. “But I definitely think our team needs to work harder in practice.”

Swain knows it won’t be easy to make state. Only one team from Northern Division I-A Regionals will earn the Las Vegas trip. But if the Vikings do make it, Swain and McHugh, along with No. 2 senior doubles team Trevor Garon and Ryan Piazzo, will be a big part of that postseason.

“All those seniors are really starting to come into their own this year,” Clark said. “We’ve been learning doubles skills and gaining confidence. I think they’re really starting to see their potential, and I’m excited for what they’re going to do.”

UP NEXT: The boys have one week of league competition remaining until Regionals. They will host Wooster on Tuesday and Spanish Springs on Thursday.

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