STHS tennis team to host playoff match Tuesday at 3 p.m.
An eight-match winning streak is what South Tahoe High girls’ tennis coach Pat Fagen expected after his Vikings were worked by Reno and Galena to start the season.
Now the Vikings can focus on trying to turn the tables on the Northern 4A tennis powers when the playoffs begin next Tuesday.
South Tahoe completed an 8-2 regular season with a 14-4 trouncing of Truckee Thursday in South Lake Tahoe. By virtue of finishing runner-up to Reno in the Sierra Division, the Vikings are expected to play host to Spanish Springs on Tuesday at 3 p.m.
“This was probably the best match they’ve had all year,” Fagen said. “Truckee was actually one of our better opponents. It was a good test for the girls because we haven’t had good competition for awhile.”
Katie Killebrew, one of five seniors on the team, created fond memories of her final regular-season home match by winning three times with partner Cierra Rawlings.
Masha Long and Jade Copple each won two matches as the Vikings dominated in singles play, winning six of nine points.
“Overall, our girls did a good job,” Fagen said. “They were able to put away the matches they were ahead in and they were able to come back in matches they were down in.”
Other STHS singles winners were senior McKensie Pimley (6-2) and Allison Abicht (7-5). Vikings’ doubles winners were Jenny Schmedes and Chela Wahl (6-2 and 7-5), Savannah Cherry and Hannah Kropf (6-1), Brooke Borges and McKenzie Usher (6-4) and Casey Cole and Simone Sannazzaro (6-2).
STHS shuffles by North Valleys
North Valleys had trouble with its hitting on Thursday night, so South Tahoe coach Gary Hankoff took the opportunity to mix up his lineup on Thursday.
“I knew we wouldn’t have any problems with North Valleys, I completely shuffled the lineup,” Hankoff said following a 25-14, 25-20, 25-15 win over their Sierra Division foe.
Christina Baghdikian and Jessica Bettencourt led the Vikings with five kills, while Caroline Baghdikian added four kills.
“Their team didn’t hit a whole bunch, so we didn’t have a whole lot of opportunities to play defense,” Hankoff said.
STHS, second place in the Sierra Division at 5-1, travels to Hug on Tuesday and plays host to Damonte Ranch on Thursday.
Vikings, Warriors hit the road
Whittell and South Tahoe will pursue their first division football victories this weekend.
The Warriors, 0-3 in the Northern 2A Division, travel to fourth-place Yerington today for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.
“It’s a difficult game every weekend,” said Whittell coach Dennis Young. “But I’ve told the kids every day that it’s pretty amazing what they are doing. I hope people understand what these kids go through every week. They work their butts off five days a week … they work very hard for what they get, and they keep coming back.”
Despite an 0-4 record, Whittell’s roster still contains 22 players.
Meanwhile, the Vikings meet Wooster, a school that has dominated South Tahoe like no other.
The Colts have won only one of five games, but their lone victory was a 6-3 division upset of Reno. Reno routed the Vikings 56-7 in the latter’s division opener last Saturday.
Game time is 1:30 p.m. in Reno.