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Roberts, Wahl-Usher get tough draws

Staff reports

The past two years, Jimmy Roberts’ season has been ended by Stan Breland of Canyon Springs in the 4A state tennis tournament. If Roberts is to reach the championship this year, the road will have to go through Breland.

Roberts, a STHS senior and No. 2 seed from the Northern region, plays Jimmy Lovett in the first round. If he defeats Lovett, defending state champion Breland will likely be waiting in the semifinals on Saturday at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas.

Breland, a junior, beat Roberts in the quarterfinals two years ago and in the semifinals last year.

Also receiving a difficult state tournament draw was the South Tahoe doubles team of Chela Wahl and Kenzie Usher, the No. 3 seed from the Northern region. Wahl and Usher open with a first-round match against Clark High School sisters Iesha and Natasha James, who are the Sunset region champions.

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All first-round matches are at 2 p.m. on Friday, with the semifinals scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday and the finals set for noon on Saturday.

Tigers sweep Vikings

The first-place Douglas High Tigers defeated South Tahoe 25-13, 25-14, 25-21 in what first-year coach Megan Reid described as the Vikings’ best performance of the season on Thursday at STHS.

Jackie Lopez led the way with a team-high seven kills, while Caroline Baghdikian had seven kills and Hillary Santana added nine digs against the third-ranked Tigers.

“It was such a breakthrough match for us, particularly in that third game because we had Douglas on the ropes,” Reid said. “It was day and night (compared to the last time we played Douglas). The girls have played like they never have all season. They seemed to really fight for it and truly want it tonight.”

South Tahoe (4-10 overall, 3-10) closes out the Sierra League season with games at Carson on Tuesday and at North Valleys on Thursday. The Vikings’ final game of the season is against South Shore rival Whittell in Zephyr Cove.


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