South Tahoe girls’ tennis team beaten by Manogue |

South Tahoe girls’ tennis team beaten by Manogue

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Bishop Manogue surprised the South Tahoe girls’ tennis team on the Vikings’ home court Thursday afternoon with a strong start that led to a 27-18 win.

Vikings head coach Pat Fagen was disappointed in his team’s competitiveness, especially given the girls’ slow start in the match and lack of fire in the first round.

“I thought we came out flat,” Fagen said. “We started out really slowly and we only won one match in the first round. I thought we should have been competitive in every round. The girls need to take lesson from this match and learn how to compete better. We need to start out competitive and keep up the pressure on our opponents.

“I thought we were the better team but we didn’t play very well,” he added.

On the other side of the court, Miners’ head coach Mark Adams was happy to come away with a win against one of the Northern Nevada 4A League’s top teams this season. The Vikings now have a record of 4-1.

“This was probably our most important match for the remainder of the season,” Adams said. “It was a close match for us and we got a win. The girls didn’t lose one singles match today (so) we’re pretty excited.

“We have to play Carson and Douglas yet, which are competitive with us,” he added. “Reno is the stud of the league and they beat us earlier this season. We think we can go 7-2.”

Fagen was pleased with the play of the No. 1 doubles team of Katie Killebrew and Masha Long, who won 6-4 against Manogue’s No. 1 doubles team, along with a 6-1 win over the No. 2 team and 6-0 against the No. 3 team. The No. 2 doubles team of Sommer St. Michel and Lizzie Goldenberg recovered nicely after losing the first match 7-6 to pick up wins of 6-4 and 6-2 in the final two rounds.

Next up for the Vikings is Sept. 23 at North Tahoe beginning at 3:30 p.m.

On the boys’ side, the Vikings struggled against Manogue on the road, losing the match 30-15.

“This team just took everybody by surprise,” said STHS coach Kyle Horvath. “I’ve never seen so many stunned faces walking off the court. We had no idea how good they were, a very strong team with heavy hitters.”

All three of South Tahoe’s doubles teams beat up on Manogue’s No. 3 team as Clayton Cole and Greg Gaskin, Jason Schmedes and Zach Kropf and Jamie Moore and Marcale Jones all notched a win.

Hans Meyer got the team’s only singles win against Manogue’s No. 2 player by a score of 6-4.

The Vikings’ record is not 3-2 with a match coming up Sept. 23 against North Tahoe at home.

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