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Tahoe teams take deep breath at soccer tournament

Over 70 of the state’s best youth soccer talent flocked to the South Shore for a three-day tournament Friday through Sunday. But it was the hometown kids who came up for air in the 11th annual Come Up for Air tournament.

Two of the 14 South Tahoe teams made it into Sunday’s championship game. The Storm represented the under-12 girls age group finals, while the Netrippers played in the under 14 girls bracket championship.

The Netrippers took home the top prize as they defeated Pacifica, 4-3. Leading the way for the Netrippers were Jennifer Flipko, Jennifer Napier, and Jenna Hayes. That trio accounted for all of the Netrippers’ scoring. Netrippers coach Randy Volkmar was pleased with his team’s performance, especially against a familiar opponent.

“We played them in Davis two years ago in the championship game,” Volkmar said. “And they beat us, so it was a little bit of revenge.”

The championship title was even more sweet because it was a Tahoe tournament.

“We’ve played in seven tournaments this year and have won four of them,” Volkmar said. “We’ve been trying to win this tournament for a while now. I put this team together five years ago when they were 9 years old and we got our butts kicked by Southern California teams for two or three years. We just kept working at it and getting better and better, and this is the ultimate win for us.”

The Storm took the field against Saugus for the second time in the tournament on Sunday. The two teams hooked up previously on Saturday, when Saugus beat the Storm 5-1.

The championship game was a much closer one as Saugus again came out on top, 1-0.

“For us to play (in the championship game) as an under-12 team is a huge accomplishment,” said Storm coach Terri Shehadi. “We had a lot of girls play through injuries today and throughout the tournament.”

Saugus has only one defeat on its resume this season, and Shehadi looks at the 1-0 score a huge thing for the Tahoe Storm.

“(Saugus) is good team from a big city,” Shehadi said. “Our girls have worked hard and got to where they need to be. This is pretty advanced for them and they’re hanging in there. Getting to this point means a lot to them.”

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