South Tahoe boys tennis can’t break through against Truckee, winning streak snapped
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe boys tennis team made some lineup changes prior to facing Truckee for the second time this season, but it wasn’t enough to get over the hump. The Vikings lost 12-6 to the Wolverines on Thursday, Sept. 17, at STHS courts, a defeat that snapped a four-match winning streak.
South Tahoe (4-2 I-A Northern) stacked its doubles in an effort to beat Truckee, but couldn’t avoid defeat despite taking four of the nine sets. The Vikings trailed 4-2 after the first round, and the Wolverines took control of the match by taking five of the six second-round sets.
In doubles, South Tahoe’s No. 2 and 3 teams each produced points. The No. 2 team of Lucas Demsar and Mickey Sullivan delivered victories of 6-0 and 6-2 before falling 3-6 in the last round, and the No. 3 team of Janez Demsar and Brady McIntyre bounced back from 6-7 (2) and 1-6 defeats with a 6-2 win.
On the singles side, Vikings’ No. 3 Hawley Jarrett was the only player to win a set in the first two rounds — he won 6-1 in the opening round before falling 0-6 in the second round. South Tahoe’s other singles points came in the third round; No. 1 Bryin Schouten and No. 2 substitute Temugen Enkhbayar each delivered 6-4 victories.
Two days earlier, South Tahoe faced Fallon on the road and delivered a fourth straight win. The Vikings beat the Greenwave 13-5, pulling away late while battling windy conditions.
South Tahoe led 4-2 after the first round, and maintained that two-set edge after an even second round. But rather than a close finish, the Vikings swept the final round en route to a comfortable win.
In singles, South Tahoe took all nine sets against Fallon — including three 6-0 scores in the last round. Jarrett delivered a 6-1, 6-0, 6-0 sweep in the No. 1 spot, Sullivan won with scores of 6-4, 6-0 and 6-0 at No. 2, and LaRue swept the Greenwave 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3.
On the doubles side, the No. 3 team of Janez Demsar and McIntyre produced South Tahoe’s only win prior to the third round. The duo won 6-4 in the first round, and bounced back from a 2-6 loss to prevail 6-3 in the last round.
The Vikings’ other doubles points came in the third round after substitutions. Lucas Demsar teamed with Schouten for a 7-6 (12) victory in the No. 1 spot while Daniel Sandborn paired with Jackson Kuzmik for a 6-4 win.
South Tahoe returns to action Tuesday, Sept. 22, when it hosts Incline at 3 p.m. The Vikings travel to play North Tahoe two days later.
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