South Tahoe boys’ tennis beats Truckee for Northern League championship
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The South Tahoe boys’ tennis team has won the Northern League championship for the third time in the last four seasons.
The Vikings (6-0) finished an unbeaten league slate Wednesday with a 12-6 victory over their rivals, the previously undefeated Truckee Wolverines (5-1) at South Tahoe High School.
The two teams are perennially atop the league standings.
Truckee took home the title in 2018 while South Tahoe won the league championship tournament in 2017. The Vikings also claimed the league title in 2016 while Truckee went undefeated in 2015.
While the 12-6 score indicates a fairly easy victory for South Tahoe, most of the matches were close. The Vikings won 84 games while Truckee claimed 67. That basically averages out to each one-set match finishing 6-4.
South Tahoe’s senior doubles teams of Peter Sullivan and Adin Burns and sophomore pair Andrew Lehmann and Aidan Walker carried the day.
Each won team won all three matches and, in all, South Tahoe’s doubles grabbed eight of a possible nine points.
Seniors Matthew Sullivan and Clyde Rypins won two of their three matches.
“Our doubles were strong today,” said Vikings head coach Will Davenport. “Our singles played well, but there is room for improvement. Our team will begin preparing for the regional tournament tomorrow (Thursday). If we meet Truckee again we will have to play better because I know they will improve in the next two weeks. Today was an exciting win with many close, tense matches. I am very proud of all the South Tahoe players.”
Truckee’s strength Wednesday was its top singles player Patrick Hogan who won all three of his matches while surrendering just five games.
South Tahoe’s final four points came from its top two singles, Juan Vazquez and Travis Lee, respectively.
Vazquez swept a 6-0 victory and finished with a tense 7-6 (7-4) win while Lee cruised in his two wins, 6-2, 6-3.
The Vikings got some work on the court Thursday against upper division Damonte Ranch to finish the season.
South Tahoe will have a couple of weeks off before the Nevada Interscholatic Activities Association Class 3A Northern Region Boys’ Tennis Playoffs.
The Vikings enter as the top seed and open with a bye. They will face the winner between No. 4 Incline and No. 5 Churchill County at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, on their home courts.
The winner advances to the regional final at 3 p.m. the next day on the Plumas Courts at the Reno Tennis Center.
No. 2 Truckee will host the winner between No. 3 North Valleys and No. 5 North Tahoe.