South Tahoe sweeps boys singles at NIAA tennis regionals
TRUCKEE, Calif. — At the NIAA Div. I-A Northern Region Tennis Championships last weekend, South Tahoe’s top individual players delivered a strong performance. Six Vikings advanced to the state tournament from two days of competition at Tahoe Donner Tennis Center, highlighted by a sweep in boys singles led by individual champion Louis Marin.
In boys singles, the top three spots belonged to South Tahoe. Second-seeded Marin beat top-seeded Adam Jarrett 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in an all-Vikings final Saturday, and sixth-seeded Hawley Jarrett beat 12th-seeded Adam Wadsworth (Fallon) 7-5, 6-3 for third place.
Marin downed a pair of opponents from Incline in the second round and quarterfinals on Friday before beating Hawley Jarrett 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals. Adam Jarrett beat eighth-seeded Kevin Cross (Truckee) 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals after a second-round bye, and beat Wadsworth 6-2, 6-1 to reach the championship.
Hawley Jarrett beat 11th-seeded Rudi Arntson (North Tahoe) 6-1, 6-0 in the second round and upset third-seeded Joseph Jamieson (Fallon) 6-3, 6-4 to reach the semifinals. All three South Tahoe players qualified for the state tournament along with Wadsworth.
On the girls side, South Tahoe had a pair of runner-up finishes — Kylee Lyons in singles and the team of Natalie Allen and Catherine Baghdikian in doubles. In the girls singles championship Saturday, second-seeded Lyons fell to top-seeded Anne Schrage (Incline) — the victory marked the third straight regional title for Schrage.
Lyons opened the tournament Friday by beating 15th-seeded Rebecca Ziegler (Truckee) 6-0, 6-2
and downing teammate and seventh-seeded Caia Enriquez in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-4. She advanced to the championship with a 7-5, 6-1 win over third-seeded Aimee LeGrandeur (Truckee) in the semifinals.
In the girls doubles championship Saturday, the top-seeded Vikings duo of Natalie Allen and Baghdikian lost to second-seeded Debra Beyer and Kali Strong (Fallon) 3-6, 6-1, 4-6. South Tahoe’s top team beat a team from Sparks in the second round before taking down Greenwave teams in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
In boys doubles, South Tahoe’s top team fell one match short of the state tournament. The fourth-seeded duo of Bryce Kortge and Morgan Petrogallo lost to fifth-seeded Brandon Flora and Eli Yale (Truckee) 1-6, 6-2, 4-6 in the quarterfinals Friday after beating a team from Fallon in the second round.
All three Vikings doubles teams advanced to the quarterfinals on Friday, but couldn’t make it to the next day. Sixth-seeded Lucas Demsar and Mickey Sullivan won a three-set match in the second round and eighth-seeded Matt Barnett and Gabe Tenocelotl beat a team from Fallon to open tournament play.
In girls singles, Enriquez beat 10th-seeded Jessica Lebedoff (Truckee) 6-3, 6-0 in the second round Friday before losing to Lyons. Seeded 14th, Lyndsey Allen lost to eventual third-place finisher LaGrandeur 0-6, 1-6 in the second round.
In girls doubles, 14th-seeded Theresa Sandborn and Kayla Smith won by default in the second round Friday before falling to a team from Fallon in the quarterfinals. The 10th-seeded team of Gabriella Fisher and Mikayla Heffner lost 1-6, 3-6 in the second round.
South Tahoe’s six state qualifiers begin play at the NIAA Div. I-A State Tennis Championships on Friday, needing only three wins to become individual state champions. In each bracket, quarterfinals will be held Friday with semifinals and finals on Saturday.
Marin is the overall top seed in the boys singles bracket, and will face eighth-seeded Kevin Chau of The Meadows (Las Vegas) in the quarterfinals 4 p.m. Friday at Tahoe Donner Tennis Center. Adam Jarrett is seeded third, and will face Ainsley Osawa of Western (Las Vegas); Hawley Jarrett has the No. 5 seed, and meets Eric Clark of Spring Valley (Las Vegas).
In the girls singles bracket, Lyons is seeded third and will face Anuja Daulat (The Meadows) in the quarterfinals. That match at Tahoe Donner Tennis Center is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Friday.
Pairings for the girls doubles state tournament were not released at the time of press — Natalie Allen and Baghdikian will be either the third or fourth seed. Quarterfinals begin Friday at 3 p.m. at Caughlin Athletic Club in Reno, with semifinals and the state final on Saturday.
In team competition, South Tahoe’s boys team will meet Clark (Las Vegas) Thursday at 3 p.m. in the NIAA Div. I-A state semifinals at Reno Tennis Center. The two-time defending state champion Chargers have eliminated the Vikings each of the past two seasons.