South Tahoe tennis teams pick up early wins |

South Tahoe tennis teams pick up early wins

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The South Tahoe High School boys’ and girls’ tennis teams enjoyed season-opening success as both teams picked up a win over Spanish Springs.

The girls’ team played the match away, earning a 17.5 to 5 win over the Cougars, while the boys enjoyed a home-court advantage with a 14.5 to 8 victory.

“It was a good first match to get a win under our belts,” said girls’ coach Pat Fagen. “I thought the girls started a little slow, but that’s expected facing new competition. They really picked it up in the second and third rounds.”

The team traveled with 12 girls due to a wealth of talent on this year’s squad.

“We have so many girls of about the same talent level that we don’t see any dropoff at all when we put others in there,” Fagen said. “I was pleased that our doubles teams won all their matches, which is indicative of the depth of our team.”

Masha Long and Katie Killebrew teamed up at No.1 doubles for wins of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-1. Sommer St. Michel and Lizzie Goldenberg played No. 2 doubles and earned wins of 6-2, 6-4 and 6-1. Lacey Leonard and Sydney Dufty played No. 3 doubles and won by scores of 6-1, 6-3 and 6-0.

In singles, Sara Schwartz, at the No. 1 position, lost 6-0 in her first round match, then picked up a 6-3 win in the second round. Lauren Sannazzaro substituted for her in third round and won 6-1.

At No. 3 singles, Sarah Segal won her first match 7-6, then substitute Jenny Schmedes picked up a 6-1 win and a 6-2 loss in the next two rounds.

The girls’ team plays Reno at home on Thursday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

“That will be the biggest match all year for the regular season so the girls are excited about it and looking forward to it and I expect them to do really well,” Fagen said.

Meanwhile, on the boys’ side, doubles teams also carried a bulk of the load.

“Our No. 1 doubles team won all three of its matches pretty easily,” said boys’ coach Kyle Horvath. “Both our No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams won two out of three matches. They both ended up losing to their No. 1 doubles team but winning the other matches was huge and secured a lot of points for us.”

At No. 1 singles, Hans Mayer went 3-6, 6-1 and a win by default. At No. 1 doubles, Jason Schmedes and Nathan Garofalos were 6-4, 6-0 and 6-0 victors. The No. 2 doubles team of Jamie Moore and Marcale Jones was 6-2, 6-1 and 4-6 on the day, while the No. 3 doubles team of Clayton Cole and Greg Gaskin was 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.

The No. 1 doubles team not only didn’t lose any games in its last two rounds but also didn’t give up a single point in the third round, according to Garofalos.

“It was a good match and a lot of fun,” said Garofalos, a freshman. “I’m really excited about the season.”

“It was definitely a good match to start off the season off and will build some confidence going into a tough road trip,” Horvath added.

The boys’ team travels to Reno Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. match.

“Reno is always the high school to beat in the district and if the guys play to their full potential, I definitely think we’ll have a good match,” he said.

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