Vikings fail to advance at zone tennis |

Vikings fail to advance at zone tennis

Dan Thomas

South Tahoe High’s girls will not advance farther than the first round of the regional championship, at least not as a team.

Reed ended South Tahoe’s team season on Friday with a 14.5-8 win over the visiting Vikings. The Raiders picked up key points in the first two rounds in doubles, and dominated the singles competition on their home court.

“It was another match that they could have won,” South Tahoe head coach Tom Barnes said of his Vikings, who ended the season at 6-3.

Senior Jenny Olson was South Tahoe’s lone bright spot in singles, finishing the day 2-1, losing only to Megan Vaughn, who Barnes rated as Reed’s top singles player despite her second seed. Olson won 6-2 over top-seeded Lauren Gagnebin and 6-3 over third-seeded Priscilla Tran on Friday.

Nikki Moore and Lauren Stevens paced the Vikings in doubles, winning two of their games. Moore and Stevens took a 6-0 win over Reed’s second seeds in the third round, and beating the top seeds 6-3 in the first. South Tahoe can send three singles players and three doubles teams to the state’s individual championships, which begin Thursday in Reno. Olson, senior Nicole Reneer and freshman Samantha Crosson probably will go to play singles, while Stevens, Moore, Lisa Borges and Shawna Hixenbaugh should go for doubles.

The players begin in a round of 32, and Barnes anticipates South Tahoe’s singles players and doubles teams will meet seeded teams in the first couple of rounds.

“They’ve got a lot of work ahead of them Thursday,” Barnes said.

Volleyball Warriors sweep Lovelock

Whittell’s girls improved to 3-0 on their new home floor on Friday, winning in a sweep over Lovelock.

The Warriors won 15-2, 15-6, 15-12, and Lovelock could not mount a challenge until the final game. Whittell improved to 12-9 overall, 4-2 in Northern Nevada 3A league play with the match.

Senior co-captain Erin Zaskoda again led Whittell in kills, with 15, and added four aces, seven service points, nine digs and a block in the effort.

The Warriors resume play on Tuesday when Dayton visits for a 6 p.m. match in Zephyr Cove.

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