South Tahoe’s Marin, Sullivan reach Div. I-A state semifinals, Vikings boys tennis falls to Clark |

South Tahoe’s Marin, Sullivan reach Div. I-A state semifinals, Vikings boys tennis falls to Clark

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe's doubles team of Mickey Sullivan (left) and Louis Marin (right) advanced to the semifinals of the Div. I-A state championships last weekend, Oct. 23-24, in Las Vegas.
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LAS VEGAS — At the Div. I-A state tennis championships, South Tahoe’s doubles team of Louis Marin and Mickey Sullivan found success. Marin and Sullivan won their opening match before falling in the semifinals in the tournament held last weekend, Oct. 23-24, at Darling Tennis Center.

Marin and Sullivan entered the tournament as the North’s top seed after winning the regional title, and beat South No. 4 seed Brandon Brighi and Matt Shuirman of Faith Lutheran (Las Vegas) 7-6 (4), 6-0 in the quarterfinals on Friday, Oct. 23. The following day, South Tahoe’s duo fell to Andy Beckstrand and Koby Frei of Moapa Valley (Overton, Nev.) 3-6, 3-4 in the semifinals.

In boys singles, South Tahoe’s only other individual state qualifier fell in the first round to the eventual champion. North fourth seed Hawley Jarrett lost 0-6, 0-6 to South top seed Michael Pasimio of Clark (Las Vegas), who won his three matches in straight sets.

In the team championships, South Tahoe’s boys suffered a painfully familiar result. The Vikings lost to eventual champion Clark 15-3 in the state semifinals on Thursday, Oct. 22, at Darling Tennis Center, the fourth straight year the Chargers brought an end to the Vikings’ season.

South Tahoe (10-4) again couldn’t break through against Clark (14-0), who secured a fourth straight Div. I-A title with a win over The Meadows (Las Vegas) the following day. The Chargers have won 65 straight matches, a streak that dates back to the 2012 season.

“At the state tournament, the Vikings held their own and gave the competition a run for their money,” South Tahoe coach Will Davenport said. “The team won 10 matches this season, and they will come back even stronger next year.”

In Div. I-A, each of the team titles and all four individual titles went to Southern Nevada schools and players; The Meadows captured the girls team championship. The South also swept the Div. I championships, with Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) winning the boys title and Palo Verde (Las Vegas) prevailing on the girls side.

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