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Vikings double up on North Tahoe

Darin Olde and Steve Yingling, Tribune sports staff
Jim GrantSTHS No. 1 singles player Samantha Crosson returns a volley during a High Sierra Division tennis match against North Tahoe on Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe
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When the girls’ tennis team from South Tahoe thinks of home, the Vikings will think good thoughts.

The Vikings defeated North Tahoe Tuesday 16 to 6 1/2 in their last home match of the year.

Overall, the Vikings won all four of their home matches except one against Douglas.



The girls also won all but one of their doubles matches against North Tahoe.

That alone earned the Vikings 12 points, enough to beat North Tahoe without having to win any singles matches.




The singles players, however, won about half of their matches.

South Tahoe’s No. 1 seed Samantha Crosson lost in the first round against North Tahoe’s No. 1 seed in a tiebreaker 6-7(11).

“The first to 7 would win, but you have to win by two, so they kept going back and forth until someone won by two points in a row,” said girls’ tennis coach Sabrina Zalles. “It was just really close, the points kept going back and forth. It was really even throughout the entire tiebreaker.”

Eventually Cross lost 11-9 in a set that took nearly 1 1/2 hours.

Crosson came back in the second set to defeat North Tahoe’s No. 2 player 6-2.

For complete results see the Scoreboard on page B4.

North Tahoe overwhelms Viking boys

North Tahoe’s boys tennis team had too much experience for the South Tahoe Vikings on Tuesday in Tahoe City.

The Lakers overwhelmed the freshman-and-sophomore-laden Vikings 19 1/2-3, limiting STHS to two doubles victories.

“North Tahoe has a really deep team,” said STHS coach Pat Fagen. “They have three very good singles players and strong No. 1 doubles team.

“I was pretty happy with the way the kids played. They fought hard, but they were just overmatched.

Mikey Ledesma and Garrett Moulton scored the Vikings’ two victories, winning 6-2 and 6-4 before being subbed out in the third round.

Jason Schmedes nearly pulled off some singles victories but was vanquished 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4.

“His maches could have gone either way, but he’s just a sophomore and he was playing against two seniors and a junior.”

STHS, 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the High Sierra Division, plays Manogue in its second home match of the season Thursday at 3:30 p.m.


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