STHS tennis looking for redemption |

STHS tennis looking for redemption

Jeremy Evans

After advancing only one team to the Northern 4A regional team tournament semifinals, the South Tahoe High tennis teams are looking for redemption this weekend at the individual tournament. The Vikings took a nice first step in the direction on Thursday when three of five players advanced to the second round of the singles tournament at the Reno Tennis Center.

Masha Long, the Sierra League’s No. 1 seed, cruised past Bishop Manogue’s Veronica Carter 6-0, 6-0 and Jade Copple got past Reed’s Anastasia Lesure 6-4, 6-1. Jimmy Roberts, the Sierra League’s No. 2 seed, beat his opponent 6-0, 6-0 in the boys singles bracket.

“The girls are playing great and are looking forward to redeeming themselves after their disappointing show in the team tournament,” said STHS girls’ coach Pat Fagen, whose team was upset by Incline in the first round. “I think we’re going to have a good weekend.”

In the doubles tournament, which starts on Friday, South Tahoe’s team of Chela Wahl and Jenny Schmedes is a top seed and Cierra Rawlings and Lauren Sannazzaro are a No. 3 seed. Long, who advanced to the state quarterfinals last year at the region’s No. 2 seed, has yet to lose this season as have Wahl and Schmedes.

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Long beat Galena’s Sierra Leeder last year in the regional semifinals and could face a rematch with Leeder in the semifinals on Saturday.

“Masha has beaten her the last six times she’s played her,” Fagen said of Leeder. “Masha is playing really well and I expect her to go a long way. It was pretty impressive to look at the tournament draw and see two No. 1 seeds from South Tahoe on there.”

On the boys’ side, Roberts is expected to make another run at the regional title after losing in the finals last year to Reno’s Jeff Mullen. Mullen and Roberts could meet again in Saturday’s championship match.

“For Jimmy, he’s banking on seeing Mullen in the finals,” said STHS boys’ coach Kyle Horvath. “Obviously, it’s going to get harder and harder for him each round, but that’s who he is looking forward to playing.”

Senior Zach Kropf lost his first-round singles match on Thursday after winning the first set. As tough as the loss was, coach Kyle Horvath said Kropf has plenty to be proud of.

“He was hitting it well, but he just couldn’t find a way to finish it out,” Horvath said. “He really wanted to get out of the first round in his senior year. It’s just unfortunate because he developed into a really good player over the four years. But, at some point, it happens to everybody who competes.”

The doubles teams of Nick Smith and Tyler Venema and Nik Noomen and Sean Brower are also expected to advance past the first round. The first three rounds of the doubles tournament are on Friday, with the singles tournament having two more rounds on Friday.

The semifinals and finals for both tournaments are scheduled for Saturday at the Reno Tennis Center. The top three finishers advance to next week’s 4A state tournament.

STHS volleyball downs Wooster

Nikki Karetov had 27 service points – including 13 straight points in the fourth game – in the South Tahoe volleyball team’s 25-19, 25-14, 21-25, 25-9 Sierra League against Wooster on Thursday Reno.

Karetov had four aces, while Christina Baghdikian contributed a team-high 16 kills and Alli Bratton seven kills. The Vikings (8-12 overall, 4-6) play at Douglas on Tuesday in Minden.

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