STHS boys tennis notches first win
After playing the two best teams in the Northern 4A to start the season, the South Tahoe High boys’ tennis team got a breather on Tuesday against Douglas. Well, sort of.
Zach Kropf’s 6-1 singles victory in the third round secured the Vikings’ first win of the season, a 10-8 victory over the Tigers at South Tahoe High School. Kropf won another singles match and Jimmy Roberts claimed all three of his singles matches for South Tahoe, which lost to Galena and Reno last week.
“It’s good to get a win any time, but especially when you’re 0-2,” said STHS coach Kyle Horvath. “We have a lot of freshman that are being thrown right into the lion’s den. Normally, they would be just practicing and working on their technique. They’ll just get experience that much faster.”
Senior Nik Noomen teamed up with freshman Cameron Chase to win two doubles matches, including a tiebreaker victory in the first round. Nick Smith and Tyler Venema – South Tahoe’s only upperclassmen doubles team – recorded 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 victories for their first sweep of the season.
South Tahoe has played three freshman in each of the first three matches, but Roberts thinks that could benefit the team by the end of the season.
“We’ve got a lot of freshman and it’s been pretty tough playing the top two teams (to start the season),” said Roberts, who improved his record to 8-1. “We’re playing a lot of the weaker teams now. I think we’re going to pretty tough by the end of the year and be able to go to the team zone tournament.”
The Vikings (1-2) host Hug on Thursday at 3 p.m.
STHS girls top Douglas tennis
After losing by just two points to defending Northern 4A champion Reno last week, South Tahoe girls’ tennis coach Pat Fagen expected his team to come out inspired against Douglas on Tuesday. The Vikings didn’t quite exactly live up to his expectation but still managed to post a 13-5 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday in Minden.
Masha Long, who was substituted for the final two rounds, won her first match 6-0, while the No. 1 doubles team of Chela Wahl and Jenny Schmedes won its three matches 6-3, 6-0, 6-3. Long improved her record to 7-0.
In the first round, Alicia Mason posted a 6-4 victory and the doubles team of Savannah Cherry and Hannah Kropf won 6-3. Jade Copple won her third-round match 6-0.
“The girls came out kind of flat, but I told them we have to use these matches to get better for the playoffs,” said Fagen, whose team led 4-2 after the first round. “I need somebody to step up in singles and No. 3 doubles. I’m just kind of disappointed with how the kids came out.”
South Tahoe travels to Reno on Thursday for a 3 p.m. match against Hug.
STHS golf places third again
Nicole Uibel shot a 98 and placed fifth individually as she helped the South Tahoe girls’ golf team to a third-place finish in a Sierra League match on Tuesday at Wildcreek Golf Course in Reno. South Tahoe, which also placed third in last week’s season opener at Genoa Lakes Golf Club, finished with a team total of 514 strokes.
Reno won Tuesday’s match with a team score of 499 and was followed by Carson (514). Freshman Alexis Holmes carded a 99 for the Vikings, whose next two top scores came from Sara Morris (100) and Bernadette Schneeberg (112).
“We are solidly in third place in the league now,” said STHS coach Marsha Butler. “The girls did well and really hung in there again.”
Galena sweeps STHS volleyball
Galena used several returners from last year’s 4A state champion squad to defeat South Tahoe 25-20, 25-12, 26-24 in the Vikings’ season opener on Thursday in Reno.
Christina Baghdikian had 14 kills and Leanne Debella 11 for South Tahoe (0-1), which got strong defensive games from Nikki Karetov and Hillary Santana. Setter Shaylene McLaughlin led the Vikings in assists.
“I am encouraged because it shows the areas that we need to work on and that we have a lot of people who are going to lead the team,” said first-year STHS coach Sarah Poulack. “Galena was really solid defensively.”
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