South Tahoe tennis teams set for individual regionals
South Tahoe’s tennis players will take their first steps toward individual regional and state titles beginning Friday. The NIAA Div. I-A Northern Region individual tennis championships will be held over two days at Tahoe Donner Tennis Center, with champions crowned Saturday.
Second round play will begin Friday at 9 a.m., with quarterfinals scheduled for later in the day. On Saturday, semifinals and finals will take place starting at 9 a.m. — the semifinalists in each bracket will earn a spot in the state championships, which begin Oct. 24.
South Tahoe has six singles players and six doubles teams competing in the championships, highlighted by the top seeds in the boys singles and girls doubles brackets. Adam Jarrett earned the No. 1 seed in boys singles, and the team of Natalie Allen and Catherine Baghdikian earned the top spot in girls doubles.
Adam Jarrett earned a second-round bye with the top seed in boys singles, and the senior will begin play in the quarterfinals. South Tahoe’s other two singles players both landed in the bottom half of the bracket — sophomore Louis Marin is seeded second and sophomore Hawley Jarrett is sixth.
The senior duo of Natalie Allen and Baghdikian earned the top seed in girls doubles after a stellar 2014 season. In that bracket, the team of freshman Gabriella Fisher and junior Mikayla Heffner is seeded 10th and the freshmen duo of Abby Burns and Allyson Cromwell checked in at No. 12
In boys doubles, South Tahoe’s highest-seeded team is the duo of Bryce Kortge and Morgan Petrogallo — the senior tandem checks in at No. 4. Freshmen Lucas Demsar and Mickey Sullivan earned the No. 6 seed while sophomores Matt Barnett and Jonathan LaRue were seeded ninth.
In girls singles, junior Kylee Lyons is seeded second behind two-time defending Northern Region champion Anne Schrage of Incline. South Tahoe’s singles players are all on the bottom half of the bracket — junior Caia Enriquez is seeded seventh with freshman Lyndsey Allen at 14th.
Vikings boys lose in regional championship, advance to state
RENO, Nev. — For the third straight season, the South Tahoe boys tennis team is headed to the state tournament. The Vikings lost to Truckee 11-7 in the Div. I-A Northern League championship on Friday at the Reno Tennis Center, but earned a spot in the state bracket by finishing runner-up.
South Tahoe (9-3) trailed by two after each of the first two rounds against the Wolverines in Friday’s loss. Truckee (11-1) took four of the six sets in the last round to seal the victory and clinch a third consecutive regional championship.
Adam Jarrett took two of three sets against Truckee in the No. 1 singles spot, finishing with scores of 6-4, 7-5 and 2-6. Marin won one of three sets in the No. 2 spot with scores of 4-6, 6-2 and 3-6; Hawley Jarrett took two of three sets at No. 3, sandwiching an 0-6 loss in the second round with wins of 6-1 and 6-4.
In doubles play, the Vikings’ No. 1 team of Kortge and Petrogallo went 0-6, 6-4, 4-6 and STHS’ No. 2 team of Demsar and Sullivan finished with scores of 5-7, 1-6 and 7-5. The No. 3 team of junior Daniel Sandborn and senior Gabe Tenocelotl went winless in three sets against the Wolverines, 6-7 (4), 4-6, 4-6.
In the state tournament, the Vikings will meet Clark (Las Vegas) in the semifinals for the third straight year — the two-time defending state champion Chargers have eliminated South Tahoe in each of the past two seasons. South Tahoe will play Clark at the Reno Tennis Center on Oct. 23 at 3 p.m.
Vikings girls fall to Truckee in regional semis
RENO, Nev. — In the Div. I-A Northern League regional semifinals last Thursday, South Tahoe’s rally fell just short. The Vikings won four of six sets in the last round against Truckee at the Reno Tennis Center, but it wasn’t enough in a season-ending 10-8 defeat.
South Tahoe (6-5) trailed 8-4 after two rounds, and needed to win five of the six matches in the last round to force a tiebreaker. The Vikings couldn’t, losing to the eventual regional champion Wolverines and missing out on a berth in the state tournament by one match.
In singles play, STHS’ No. 1 Lyons swept her sets 6-2, 6-0, 6-1. No. 2 singles player Enriquez bounced back from a pair of losses with a 6-2 win in the last round, and No. 3 Lyndsey Allen was swept in three sets.
In doubles, the Vikings’ No. 1 team of Natalie Allen and Baghdikian swept its sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, and the No. 2 team of Fisher and Heffner dropped its first two sets before a 7-5 victory in the third round. South Tahoe went winless in the No. 3 spot — Cromwell and freshman Theresa Sandborn lost 4-6 in the first round, then Cromwell teamed with Burns and went 4-6, 0-6 in the last two rounds.