Viking girls advance in playoffs |

Viking girls advance in playoffs

South Tahoe senior Lyndsey Allen hits a forehand return Thursday during her match against Churchill's Jamie Bekiares in the NIAA 3A Northern Regional team semifinals at South Tahoe.
Bill Rozak / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

The South Tahoe girls’ tennis team knocked the Churchill Greenwave out of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s 3A Northern Regional Team Championships Thursday, winning 14-4 on the Vikings home courts.

In her first postseason experience, South Tahoe sophomore Kayla Mason won all three of her matches and surrendered just three games, all against Churchill’s top player Jamie Bekiares.

The Vikings top doubles team, Abby Burns and Gabbi Fisher, ran through both opponents and surrendered just one game. Churchill had just two doubles teams giving South Tahoe a free point in all three rounds.

Burns and Fisher are the top-ranked team for the NIAA Class 3A Northern Region Doubles Tennis Championships slate for Friday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 14. The duo has won 20 of 21 matches this season and will receive a bye putting them straight through to the quarterfinals.

Vikings singles Lindsey Allen and Allyson Cromwell each won two of their three matches and doubles Sierra Dahl and Riana Bindel and Theresa Sandborn and Lauren Schwartz each earned two points.

Dahl and Bindel is the fourth-ranked team heading into the doubles tournament and Sandborn and Schwartz are seeded sixth out of 13 teams.

In the singles tournament, Mason is seeded seventh, Allen ninth and Cromwell is 10th. Mason and Cromwell are set to face off against each other in their first match.

The Vikings (10-1) played Truckee (10-1) Friday, Oct. 6 (after press deadline), in the NIAA 3A regional team final in Reno.

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