Vikings give Wooster free lessons
Wooster provided better competition for South Tahoe High’s boys tennis team on Thursday, but the end result was the same as the Vikings carved out a 16-6.5 home victory.
“The kids picked it up a notch. I’m happy with their performance,” said Vikings coach Pat Fagen.
South Tahoe swept the first round of matches, enabling Fagen to substitute freely.
No. 1 Viking singles player Corrie Lindsey smashed Wooster’s top two seeds, 6-3, 6-2. Chris Fillipko’s, STHS’s No. 2 seed, showed tenacity with his pair of 7-5 victories.
“I was happy with the way he hung in there in two tough matches and gutted it out at the end,” Fagen said.
In doubles, Parker Alexander and Garrett Moulton barely needed to towel off after brisk 6-1 and 6-0 triumphs.
“They haven’t had a match that has challenged them this year,” Fagen said.
Also in doubles, Brian Stamme and Luke Palmieri, a No. 3 seed, won two out of three matches and Drew Rankin and Ben Keelin won their first high school match, topping the Colts’ top seed, 6-4.
South Tahoe (2-0) plays at Hug on Tuesday.
Only two South Tahoe High girls tennis players competed at Wooster on Thursday in Reno.
The Colts forfeited the match 7.5-0, but were supposed to field two doubles teams and one singles player. Only Wooster’s top two singles players were available because the other three regulars were being disciplined for missing practice time earlier in the week.
Larissa Larue and Samantha Crosson, STHS’s top two singles players, split their two matches. Larue won 6-2 but lost 6-2. Crosson won 6-0 and was defeated 6-1.
“It was good to get them some more experience under the belt,” said STHS coach Sabrina Zalles. “But our team needs to pick up the intensity a bit if we are going to be able to compete with the top schools.”
The Vikings welcome Hug to town for their home opener Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
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