Roberts, Wiseman advance at regionals
CARSON CITY – South Tahoe High girls’ tennis coach Pat Fagen knew all season that Jenny Wiseman had the potential to be one of the top singles players in the Northern 4A.
She proved it on Thursday when she upset No. 8 seed Katie Mitchell of Incline 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Northern 4A regional tournament at Carson High School. Wiseman faces top-seeded Amelia Ritger of Douglas in Friday’s second round.
“My serves took her off-guard a little bit,” Wiseman said of Mitchell, who watched the South Tahoe junior record five aces in the match. “She was seeded and I wasn’t, so I was a little nervous. But I need to change my game plan (for Amelia) because she’s like (a) backboard. She hits everything back at you.”
Wiseman, though, wasn’t the only STHS player to advance out of Thursday’s first round.
Defending regional boys champion Jimmy Roberts made quick work of Fallon’s Max Tschannen at Centennial Park, posting a 6-0, 6-0 victory to advance to Friday’s second round. The quarterfinals are set for 3 p.m. on Friday, with the semifinals and finals scheduled for Saturday.
“I have to stay focused the entire tournament,” said Roberts, a senior who is seeking a third consecutive 4A state tournament berth. “I am not thinking about state because I need to make sure I get there first. I’m playing good right now, but there are about three or four good guys in this bracket. I am afraid to play all of them.”
Jordan Zager and Cameron Chase both lost their first-round matches. Zager had seven aces in a straight-set loss, while Chase suffered the same fate against the High Desert League’s No. 1 seed.
“There were some high points for them seeing this competition,” STHS coach Justin Clark said of his two sophomores. “It’s great for them to see how those guys play because they can see the areas where they need to improve.”
The first round of the Northern 4A doubles tournament begins on Friday in Carson City. The top three singles and doubles teams advance to next week’s state tournament.
Huskies sweep Vikings’ spikers
Jackie Lopez had a team-high five kills, while Hillary Santana added nine assists and three aces in the South Tahoe volleyball team’s Sierra League loss to Reno on Thursday in Reno.
The Huskies recorded a 25-12, 25-20, 25-19 sweep of the Vikings, who also got five blocks from Chelsea Madsen. South Tahoe (4-8 overall, 3-8 league) hosts Wooster on Tuesday night at 6.