STHS boys tennis battle Reno to wire |

STHS boys tennis battle Reno to wire

By Paul Andrew

Tribune staff writer

The South Tahoe High boys’ tennis team played a tight match at home against a tough Reno High School team, losing 10-8 Thursday.

The match was tied at 6 going into the last round, with the outcome in the balance until the last game was played.

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With both teams watching intently, Reno’s Charles McArthur outlasted South Tahoe’s David Grand 6-4, giving the Huskies the hard-fought match.

“This was a great effort by the team,” coach Justin Clark said. “It was great to have a tight match after the last two defaults we had. Everyone played well, though we do have a lot of room to improve.”

In singles, the Vikings were dominant. Jimmy Roberts swept the Huskies in his three matches, winning 6-2, 6-0 and 6-3. Johno Siefkert won his first two matches 6-4, 6-4 before falling in his final match 6-0. Grand split his first two 6-3, 3-6 before falling in the final.

“In a match this close, a game here or there can decide it,” Clark said. “One of the Reno players said it was the first time their coach was worried in a match. He said it was the closest they’ve had to play a Tahoe team in 10 years.”

Reno showed their strength in winning all but two in the doubles competition. The bright spot for the Vikings in doubles was the team of Nick Smith and Tyler Venema, who won their last two matches 7-6 and 6-4, after losing their opener 6-3.

The two other doubles teams of Nathan Noomen/Nick Kushner and Darius Guerrero/Jordan Zager played valiantly but were beaten in their matches by the deep Reno High team.

The Vikings have another difficult challenge in their next match at Galena, one of the league favorites, on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.

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