Vikings end home schedule on low note
Kelly Haslem and Shawna Hixenbaugh were the lone beacon of light during a bleak afternoon as South Tahoe High fell to Douglas 21-1 in its final home match of the season Monday.
Although the duo experienced their first defeats of the season, they did pull out the only victory for the Vikings in a hard-fought, dragged-out win over Douglas’ No. 2 team.
“We weren’t playing like ourselves,” Hixenbaugh said. “There wasn’t a lot of teamwork.”
After their win in the second round, the two dropped only their second game all season. The near-perfect record all but earned them an automatic berth into the zone playoffs.
“We could have beaten them,” Haslem said. “Hopefully, we’ll get a good seed in zone. Our head will be back into tennis by then.”
Douglas dominated the match, but was surprised with the way it won. Tigers head coach Dee Gosselin said she was telling her players to expect a tough match.
“I thought it was going to be a close match like their Carson match,” Gosselin said.
Vikings head coach Debbie Matthews agreed with Douglas’ coach.
“I’m not saying that we could’ve beaten them, but I expected at least seven or eight points,” Matthews said. “It just shows that you have to be up and ready for every match, no matter who you are playing.”
The loss drops the Vikings into fifth place, which means only the top two doubles and singles players will advance to zone for the Vikings. Despite the loss, Matthews was very upbeat and happy with the way her team performed throughout the season.
“This has been a good experience,” Matthews said. “We had some great play from players like Kelly and Shawna, as well as Sam (Crosson) among others.”
Next up for the Vikings is their final regular-season match at Incline on Wednesday.
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