The Clash of the Titans goes Reno’s way |

The Clash of the Titans goes Reno’s way

In true rivalry style, Tuesday’s high school tennis match between South Tahoe and Reno came down to the final set. South Tahoe’s Andy Mora and Reno’s Ragnar Svare squared off in the final action of the day. With their teammates cheering each and every shot, the two players traded points and serves until they reached a tiebreaker.

Svare ultimately beat the hometown Mora when Mora’s final return landed harmlessly out of bounds to the left.

Reno’s squad poured out onto the courts in celebration, coming away with a 12-10 win.

“It came down to one point,” Vikings coach Pat Fagen said. “It could’ve gone either way in the end.”

Unfortunately for Fagen and the Vikings, it didn’t go their way as Reno won both of the day’s tiebreakers, which ultimately proved to be the difference in the match. Earlier in the competition, STHS’s Corrie Lindsay lost the first tiebreaker to Scott Morris.

“We win one of those two tiebreaks, we win the match,” Fagen said.

South Tahoe came into the match with two wins under its belt, having defeated Sparks and Truckee, while Reno came into Tuesday’s action having dropped a close match to Manogue.

“South Tahoe is always one of the teams to beat,” Reno head coach Michael Buchholz said. ” So this was a big win for us.”

Reno came into the match a little flat, while the Vikings were fired up and playing very aggressive tennis, challenging every set. South Tahoe’s Chris Damian and Jason Scott beat Reno’s Nos. 2 and 3 double teams, while Graham St. Michel won all three of his games to lead the Viking charge.

“I’m very proud of the way the kids played,” Fagen said. “They (Reno) weren’t fired up at all, while we played up to our potential.”

This was the only meeting between the two league powers. Fagen saw his opportunity to beat the arch rivals slip away but was impressed with how his team rose to the challenge. South Tahoe will take on Manogue on Thursday at home.

“If we play the way we played today, then we’ll beat Manogue,” Fagen said.

South Tahoe girls fall to Reno

South Tahoe girls tennis team traveled to Reno and gave it the “old college try” against the Huskies but came up a little short, falling 17-5. The Vikings were led by Larrissa LaRue, who won two of her three matches. Sam Crosson and the duo of Kritin Kirkland and Saleene Hancock all scored points.

“All the girls gave a good effort,” Viking head coach Debbie Matthews said. “They all came off the court with smiles on their faces, which was nice to see.”

Next up for STHS is a trip to Manogue on Thursday.

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