STHS boys tennis stun Miners
Last month, Kyle Horvath received a gift from South America and it came in the form of Chilean foreign exchange student Rodrigo Bravo.
Bravo’s arrival meant the South Tahoe boys’ tennis team had a new No. 3 singles player and Sean Brower teamed up with Nik Noomen to create a formidable No. 2 doubles team.
The lineup shift certainly worked on Tuesday, when Bravo won two singles matches and the doubles team of Noomen and Brower won all three of their matches as the Vikings upset Bishop Manogue 10-8 in the first round of the Northern 4A regional tournament.
“Rodrigo was a Godsend, pretty much,” Horvath said. “We love Rodrigo. That has added some much-needed depth back into our doubles lineup.”
South Tahoe, the No. 3 seed from the Sierra League, will face Reno in the regional semifinals on Thursday. Galena will face Carson in the other semifinal.
Jimmy Roberts beat all three of his opponents 6-0, while the doubles team of Nick Smith and Tyler Venema won their first-round match 6-3 and its second-round match 6-1. The Miners were the No. 2 seed from the High Desert League.
If Bravo and the senior doubles team of Noomen and Brower continues to produce, the Vikings could provide a much stiffer challenge to the Huskies than they did earlier this season.
Reno defeated South Tahoe 14-4 in the second match of the season. The Huskies cruised through the regular season undefeated and beat Spanish Springs 12-6 in Tuesday’s first round.
“It was pretty amazing how my guys played today,” Horvath said. “They played like they should have, like it potentially could have been the last match of the season. They brought it all together. I definitely don’t think it will be the same result against Reno like it was earlier this year.”
South Tahoe has advanced to the regional semifinals for the second consecutive season. The Vikings lost to Galena last year in the semifinals.