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Vikings nearly shut out Hawks

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

After Reno dealt South Tahoe High its first boys’ tennis defeat of the season on Friday, the Vikings came back strong against Hug on Tuesday in Reno.

The Vikings only dropped one doubles match in trouncing the Hawks 42-3 at Hug High.

With only six Hawks in uniform, Vikings’ coach Kyle Horvath substituted liberally with his doubles teams. No. 3 duo Greg Gaskin and Clayton Cole won two of their three matches.

“They’re out newest doubles teams so we’re trying to get them as much experience as possible,” Horvath said.

Jason Schmedes and Zach Kropf teamed up for a first-round victory, as didJaime Moore and Marcel Jones. Then Horvath mixed in some of his younger players.

Nik Noomen, paired with Jones, subbed in for a 6-0 victory in the second round, as did Todd Fountain, who joined Kropf for a 6-0 win.

In round three, Fountain and Kropf won 6-4 and Noomen and Sean Brower formed the youngest combination for the Vikings but still won 6-2.

Last Friday, the Huskies routed the Vikings 38-7 in Reno. Freshman Nathan Garofalos picked up the team’s singles victories, 6-4 and 6-2, and Moore and Jones collected the only doubles triumph, 6-4.

The Vikings (3-1) travel to Bishop Manogue on Thursday in Reno.

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