Viking volleyball team loses to defending state champs
By Paul Andrew
Tribune staff writer
The South Tahoe volleyball team played well against powerful defending 4A champion Damonte Ranch High School but were defeated 25-11, 25-16, 25-17 on Thursday in Reno.
“The ladies fought hard. They (Damonte Ranch) are a great team with many key players,” STHS coach Meghan Reid said. “The game set a precedent on what we have to work on.”
Chelsea Madsen led the Vikings in kills with five, with Hillary Santana putting forth a great defensive effort with six digs. Sophomore Rachel Kaufer served two aces for South Tahoe, while Erica Kolari recorded two blocks.
“We played a really good game and are getting better,” Reid said. “I’m so impressed how the girls are stepping up and get along so well. They are smooth on the court.”
The Vikings next take the court at home against Reno on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
Holmes leads golfers with an 89
The South Tahoe girls’ golf team, which included several players competing in their first tournament, played a solid match at Wildcreek Golf Course on Thursday in Reno, finishing with a score of 534.
“It was a good day,” STHS coach Marsha Butler said. “The girls played well, especially with two girls who had never played in a tournament before.”
Super sophomore Alexis Holmes recorded an 89 for eighth place. “I thought I played well but missed some putts,” Holmes said. “The team really played well.”
Nicole Uibel followed Holmes closely with a 93 for 11th place, followed by Casia Hancock with a 112, Delanie Sabac and Sarah Norton tied at 120 and Brittany Rumble recording a 128.
Douglas High School won the tournament with 435 strokes and had five girls shoot under 100. Carson was second with 472, including leading scorer Lydia Peri who shot a 76. Reno High was just ahead of South Tahoe with 507.
The team next competes on Tuesday at noon in a tournament at Thunder Canyon Golf Course hosted by Carson High School.
STHS boys’ tennis rolls over Wooster
The South Tahoe boys’ tennis team dominated Wooster High School, winning 13-5 on Thursday in South Lake Tahoe.
After sweeping the first set of matches 6-0, coach Justin Clark was able to substitute for his top players, giving valuable experience to many of the reserves.
Jimmy Roberts swept Wooster’s top seed 6-0, then was given the rest of the afternoon off. Dave Grand breezed through all three of his matches, 6-0, 6-1, 6-1, while Johno Siefkert won his two matches by identical scores of 6-1 and Derek Garofalos won two matches 6-4, 6-1. Though he lost his match, C.J. Lindner gained valuable playing experience.
The top three Viking doubles teams of Nick Smith/Tyler Venema, Nick Kushner/Nathan Noomen and Cameron Chase/Michael Weber all won opening round matches 6-2, 6-3, 6-3, respectively. In round two, the Noomen/Kushner team won soundly again, 6-0, with Brandon Reinhard and Phillip Gaston losing to their Colt opponents 3-6. In the tightest match of the day, South Tahoe’s Jordan Zager and Darius Guerrero lost a close one, 6-7.
The third round saw Reinhard and Gaston get revenge with a 7-5 win, while the teams of Noomen and Jeffrey Fairley and Zager/Guerrero each went down to defeat.
“The guys are getting better. The further we get into the season, the more we get to know about our players,” Clark said. “I’m looking forward to seeing this team play the next three or four matches before the tournament.”
The boys host Truckee next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
TENNIS TEAM RETURNS TO WINNING WAYS
The South Tahoe girls’ tennis team returned to its winning ways with an 11-7 defeat of Wooster High on Thursday in Reno.
“It was good to get a win and the team moving in the right direction,” STHS coach Pat Fagen said. “We’re looking forward to keeping the momentum going.”
The Vikings swept all the doubles matches, led by the No. 1 team of Chela Wahl and Kenzi Usher winning matches 6-2, 6-1. The second team, Cierra Rawlings and Savannah Cherry, also won two matches by scores of 6-1, 6-4, The third duo of Brooke Borges and Hannah Kropf swept their Colt opponents 6-4, 6-2 and 6-1.
The Vikings also produced doubles wins behind the team of Krisha Pennollar and Lupe Ramirez, who won 7-5 in “the best match of the day,” according to Fagen, and Flavia Mendes and Kimberly Hytry, who won 6-1.
In singles, STHS’s Rebecca Roberts won 6-0 and Alyssa Mlynsky 6-1. Losing close matches were Lindsey Martin and Jenny Wiseman.