Vikings girls’ tennis team earns top seed in 3A team championships
South Tahoe sophomore Kayla Mason won all three of her tennis matches Thursday to help the Vikings beat the Truckee Wolverines 11-7 and clinch the top seed in the Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association’s 2017 3A Northern Region Team Championships.
The Viking boys also will be in the playoffs and earned the No. 2 seed.
Mason, playing as the Vikings’ No. 2 singles, got past Truckee’s top player Emanuela Bosio 7-5 and won her other two matches 6-1 and 6-4.
The Vikings doubles teams did most of the damage against the Wolverines, claiming six points out of nine possible.
The Vikings No. 1 team of Abby Burns and Gabbi Fischer, the No. 2 team of Sierra Dahl and Riana Bindel and the No. 3 team of Theresa Sandborn and Lauren Schwartz each won two out of three matches.
Vikings singles Lyndsey Allen and Alma Ramirez-Tapia each earned a point.
The Vikings (9-1 3A Northern League) will face No. 4 Churchill Greenwave at 3 p.m. Thursday at South Tahoe in the semifinals. The winner will play either No. 2 Truckee or No. 3 Incline Friday in the championship on the Plumas Courts at Reno Tennis Center.
The Vikings have beaten Churchill twice this season, home and away, by identical scores of 13-5.
The South Tahoe boys (7-3 3A Northern) earned the No. 2 seed and will host the Churchill Greenwave at noon on the Vikings home courts. The Vikings have defeated Churchill twice this season 14-4 and 11-7, respectively.
“It’s hard to beat a team three times,” said Viking boys’ head coach Will Davenport. “We had a close match down in Churchill, but we’ve had a player come back from injury, Kailer Womack, so I feel like we’ve gotten a little bit better. I like our chances on Thursday.”
If the Vikings win, they will play the winner of No. 1 Truckee and No. 4 North Tahoe Friday at 3 p.m. also on the Plumas Courts at Reno Tennis Center. South Tahoe has lost to the Wolverines twice this season, although the Vikings narrowed the gap in the last match, losing 11-7.
“Kailer is going to strengthen our doubles and we’ve had good success against Truckee in singles, but our doubles have not done well,” Davenport said. “Hopefully Kailer’s addition will help. If we can swing a couple of matches from them, especially their No. 3 doubles team, then I think we can flip it and beat them.”