South Tahoe girls tennis downs Sparks 17-1, picks up first win
RENO, Nev. — The South Tahoe girls tennis team took a major step forward in a road match Thursday, Sept. 10. The Vikings beat Sparks 17-1 at Reno Tennis Center for their first win of the season.
South Tahoe (1-2) took five of the six first-round sets and swept each of the last two rounds en route to a decisive victory. With the match already in hand, the Vikings lost only three games in the last round.
On the singles side, South Tahoe swept all nine of its sets against the Railroaders. No. 1 singles player Caia Enrqiuez won with scores of 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, No. 2 Lyndsey Allen produced a pair of 6-0 bagels after winning 7-5 in the first round, and No. 3 Teresa Sandborn swept her Sparks opponents 6-0, 6-3, 6-1.
In doubles action, the Vikings’ top two teams finished the match without a loss. South Tahoe’s No. 1 team of Abby Burns and Gabbi Fisher delivered victories of 6-0, 6-3 and 6-1 while the No. 2 pairing of Allyson Cromwell and Mikayla Heffner rolled with scores of 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0.
In the No. 3 doubles spot, the team of Hannah Heidel and Izzy Preston split its sets with a 6-0 win in the third round and a 4-6 defeat in the first round. In the second round, the team of Regan Singer and Jordyn Yochheim delivered a 6-1 victory.
The Vikings returned home Tuesday, Sept. 15, and suffered a 14-4 defeat against Fallon at STHS courts. South Tahoe’s three points all came from the singles side as it battled the Greenwave and cool, blustery conditions.
Enriquez was the only Vikings player to win multiple sets against Fallon. In the No. 1 singles spot, the senior bounced back from a 6-7 defeat in the first round with wins of 6-4 and 6-0.
Each of South Tahoe’s other two singles players accounted for the rest of the team’s scoring on Tuesday. Sandborn opened the afternoon with a 6-0 win in the No. 3 spot, and Allen picked up a 6-1 victory in the second round.
South Tahoe returned to action at Truckee on Thursday, Sept. 17. The Vikings play at Incline on Tuesday, Sept. 22.
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