South Tahoe girls’ tennis edges Incline, alone in second place |

South Tahoe girls’ tennis edges Incline, alone in second place

South Tahoe's Kayla Mason hustles to keep a ball in play last season.
Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune file

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — South Tahoe girls’ tennis dominated in singles while Incline controlled the doubles matches last week in a 3A Northern League clash.

In the end, the Vikings sweeping all nine singles matches was too much for the Highlanders to overcome in an 11-7 victory in South Lake Tahoe.

The big match of the day fizzled due to an injury to Kate Tong, the Highlanders top player.

Tong, when healthy, is Northern Nevada’s best 3A singles player.

Tong rallied to beat South Tahoe’s Kayla Mason last year in three sets for the northern regional title after Mason claimed the opening set.

“We were looking forward to seeing the number ones Kayla and Kate go at it,” said Vikings head coach Tracey Samoluk.

With Tong limited to doubles, the Vikings took all nine points, with only one match close.

Mason, and No. 2 Sierra Dahl surrendered just three games each in winning all three of their matches.

Vikings No. 3 Lauren Schwartz won two matches 6-0 and rallied from way behind to claim a third victory.

Schwartz trailed 5-2 but came all the way back to force a tiebreaker and ultimately won the match 7-6.

“That is the incredible example of staying in your match and focusing on fighting for every point,” Samoluk said. “I am so proud of Lauren.”

Incline won seven of nine doubles matches led by Tong and partner Summer Ferrell. The duo won all three matches giving up just four games in the process.

Incline’s Lena Soli and Jordan Stephens earned a pair of victories, 6-4, 6-3 and Lucy Donohue and Kenna Mirzayan also claimed two points, 7-6, 6-3.

Samoluk was concerned coming into the match because the Vikings top doubles player, Elisa Roberts, wasn’t available against the Highlanders. But sophomore Lauren Romsos stepped up and teamed with Pam Sherpa to claim two match victories and ultimately secure the overall team victory.

The Vikings No. 2 team of Kyla Schrauben and Erin Yamaoka earned the Vikings 11th point.

“There was an opportunity and challenge for Lauren Romsos to step up to the plate,” Samoluk said. “Lauren played all three rounds with number one doubles partner and pulled out two wins 6-2 and 6-1 in the second and third round.

“It was such an exciting match to watch all of these girls play their hearts out,” Samoluk added. “I am so proud to be their coach. It’s about having the passion for whatever you’re doing.”

A couple of days prior, the Vikings roared past Churchill County 13-5.

The Highlight was all three singles players, Mason, Dahl and Schwartz, winning all their matches.

In doubles, Roberts earned a victory with Jenny Novak and also one with Sherpa. Novak teamed with Yamaoka to claim another victory and Soleil Weed and Nora Stewart powered past their No. 3 counterparts in a marathon, tight match 7-6 (11-9).

The Vikings played at North Tahoe on Tuesday and hosted Damonte Ranch on Thursday.

Standings, 3A Northern League: Truckee 5-0, South Tahoe 4-1, Incline 3-2, North Tahoe 2-3, North Valleys 2-3, Sparks 2-3, Churchill 0-6.

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