South Tahoe tennis teams post easy wins over North Valleys
Not giving up a single point as a team in a match certainly bodes well for the future of girls’ tennis at South Tahoe High School.
The Vikings beat North Valleys on the road Tuesday afternoon by a score of 45-0. A change in the scoring format for prep matches means that scores are now doubled for a total of 45 possible points.
“We were fortunate that we took 15 girls and got to play them all,” said Vikings’ coach Pat Fagen.
Sarah Segal won her only match of the day at No. 1 singles, 6-1. Ashley Bratton filled in at the position and picked up wins of 6-1 and 6-2. At No. 2 singles, Jenny Schmedes won all of her matches, 6-2, 6-4, 6-0 and at No. 3 singles Sara Schwartz won two matches, 6-2, 6-0, while Rochelle Alaoen also won 6-2.
“It was good for Ashley and Rochelle to get to play a little bit,” Fagen said. “They’ve been pushing the starting singles players in practice so I was happy to see them do well.”
At No. 1 doubles, Masha Long and Katie Killebrew won their only match of the afternoon, 6-0. They were replaced by McKensie Timley and Nicole Riegel who won the first two matches of their high school careers, 6-0 and 6-2.
At No. 2 doubles, Sydney Dufty and Andrea Killebrew recorded wins of 6-2, 6-0 and 6-0 while at No. 3 doubles, Sommer St. Michel and Lizzie Goldenberg won two, 6-2, 6-2 and Lacey Leonard and Lauren Sannazzaro picked up a 6-3 win.
“I’ve been tinkering with the lineup and trying to get the right combination of teams out there,” Fagen said. “It was good to see a lot of girls getting playing time. I think that will help us later on in the year.”
The girls’ team plays next at home against Hug Sept. 16. A previously scheduled match against Wooster Monday was forfeited because Wooster did not have enough players available.
In boys’ tennis action, South Tahoe defeated North Valleys 42-3 at home.
Vikings freshmen Nik Noomen and Sean Brower picked up wins in their first high school matches.
Noomen teamed up with Greg Gaskin at No. 3 doubles to win two of three matches while Brower got a win in his only No. 1 singles match.
At No. 2 doubles, Jamie Moore and Marcale Jones won all three of their matches, while the No. 1 doubles team of Jason Schmedes and Zach Kropf also won three matches.
Hans Meyer at No. 2 singles won three matches.
“That was a really strong showing for him,” said Vikings coach Kyle Horvath. “He’s getting better and better every day.”
Tom Mooney won his two matches at No. 3 singles while Todd Fountain got a win in his only match at the position.
“I was happy with the win,” Horvath added. “We had a great practice Monday and did a lot of individual work with the teams and I think that really paid off.”
The South Tahoe boys play next at Reno Friday beginning at 3:30 p.m.