Laker boys tennis team routs Hug
As it has all season, the North Tahoe High boys tennis team squared off against a much larger school, this time Hug of Reno, on Thursday.
Despite the size differential between the 4A and 2A teams ” Hug boasts twice the number of players ” the improving Lakers squad won handily.
All North Tahoe doubles teams and singles players won at least one of their three matches, with a final score of 12-6 in sets.
The all-freshman doubles team of Sean Lovely and Cory Hackbarth came through with a big win. Lovely showed off a dominating serve and Hackbarth earned many points with his improving ground strokes.
The solid Ryan Lane-Travis Boerner doubles team had three close sets, with Lane displaying all-around skill and the athletic Boerner controlling the net.
The No. 1 doubles team of captain Matt Isbell and fellow senior Tyler Turpin swept the Hug doubles teams, winning all three of their matches convincingly. The inspirational leaders of the team, Isbell and Turpin, overwhelmed their opponents with their quickness and aggressive net play.
Rapidly improving freshman singles player Daniel Longo displayed excellent footwork and consistent ground strokes. Longo won a key match in the first round to swing momentum the Lakers’ way.
The other singles players, Ian Hughes and Eliot Headley, completed the rout. They each won all three of their matches, crushing their opponents by scores of 6-0 or 6-1 every set.
The Lakers look to continue their winning ways in upcoming matches against Truckee and North Valleys. After that, No. 1 player Hughes in singles, and Isbell and Turpin in doubles, will represent the Lakers at the regional playoffs. The season will conclude with a much-anticipated match against the more experienced North Tahoe girls team, with school bragging rights on the line.
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