South Tahoe faces toughest High Desert foe |

South Tahoe faces toughest High Desert foe

The girls’ tennis team from South Tahoe High School faces one the best teams in Northern Nevada today when it travels to Galena for the first round of the 2002 Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 4A Northern Region playoffs.

South Tahoe finished its season fourth in the Sierra Division at 5-3 and 6-3 overall.

It enters zone as the fourth seed in the single-elimination tournament that includes the top four teams from both the Sierra and High Desert Leagues.

“They’ve accomplished their goal this year of going to team zone…” said head coach Sabrina Zalles. “It’s been a while (since they’ve gone) so I’m really proud of them.”

South Tahoe will play Galena, which finished first in the High Desert League at 7-0 in league and 9-1 overall.

South Tahoe played Reno, who finished with a similar record in the Sierra League at 8-0 and and 10-0 overall.

Unlike Reno, however, Galena has been beat, so the crack in the pavement is there.

“They realize it’s a big opportunity,” said Pat Fagen, who has helped guide much of the tennis team in previous years. “And I believe they’re up for the challenge. We’re looking for the opportunity to play well as a team.”

Fagen said that South Tahoe is thoroughly versed in tennis fundamentals, and if there was ever a time for the Vikings to overpower a team with solid fundamental play, that time is now.

“We’re going to work on getting every point possible,” Zalles said. “Carson could have gone either way, so every point matters, and they just need to try their best.”

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