Points hard to come by for Vikings against against Reno
Unbeaten Reno High showed South Tahoe on Tuesday no kinks in its Northern Nevada girls tennis armor.
The Huskies nearly shut out the Vikings, 21.5-1. But No. 1 STHS singles player Kelly Haslam denied the Reno sweep with a solid 6-3 victory. Viking doubles players Carla Jet-Pearce and Sarah Segel nearly provided another victory but lost a tough 6-7 tiebreaker.
“They put a lot of effort into the match, but Reno is an extremely good team,” said Viking coach Sabrina Zalles.
STHS, 4-3, plays host to North Valleys on Thursday.
Reno’s superfluous talent didn’t intimidate Viking duo Garrett Moulton and Parker Alexander on Tuesday in Reno.
The No. 1 STHS doubles team handed the Huskies’ top pair its first defeat of the season during an 18-4.5 boys tennis setback. Moulton and Alexander also defeated Reno’s No. 3 team 6-2 but lost for the first time 6-2 against the Huskies’ No. 2 pair.
“They didn’t capitalize on their opportunities or they could have easily won it if they closed out a couple of games,” said STHS coach Pat Fagen.
South Tahoe’s other win came off the rackets of Mikey Ledesma and Jason Schmedes, who defeated Reno’s No. 3 team 7-6.
“Our kids played up to their ability level. It’s just that Reno had a lot more depth and better players,” Fagen said.
South Tahoe’s match with North Valleys on Thursday has been moved to STHS because of its foe’s small squad. The boys and girls matches begin at 3:30 p.m.
Despite the loss, the Vikings (5-2) remain in prime position to qualify for the postseason..
“If we win our next two, we should be seeded third for zone,” Fagen said.
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