Incline tennis | Boys stun Truckee, Fallon, improve to 6-2
October 1, 2014
The Incline boys tennis team is heating up at just the right time.
Less than a week after knocking off first-place Truckee in an overtime thriller, the visiting Highlanders stormed back from an early deficit to stun Fallon with a 10-8 comeback win on Tuesday.
Against Fallon, the sloppy and error-filled start by Incline concluded with an inspired and heartfelt finish, as the Highlanders won the last round 5-1 to overcome a 7-5 deficit.
After blowout single wins by undefeated Miles Prim and Cole Steinberg, the Highlanders secured doubles wins from Edward Parkhill and Preston Hoff as well as Blake Perry and Winston Pretti.
The wins ensured a match tie only to lay the match pressure on No. 3 singles player Nicky Witty, who was fighting against Fallons No. 1 player. With both teams hanging on every stroke, Witty recovered from 2-1 down to play his most consistent and solid tennis of the season.
When the smoke settled, Witty had earned a well-deserved 6-2 win that lifted the visitors to the two-point victory.
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Highlanders win thriller
After stumbling to the finish line in an 11-7 loss at South Tahoe, the Incline boys returned home to the friendly confines of the Incline Tennis Center with a refocused effort that sent the Wolverines to their first loss of the season.
Riding on the wings of their powerful singles play, the Highlanders carried a slim two-point lead into the third and final round, where Truckee pushed the envelope, tying the match and sending it to an overtime tiebreaker.
Inclines senior sensations Prim and Steinberg again displayed an overwhelming and dominating style of tennis that has not been equaled during the 2014 season. The team's captain and co-captain breezed through the first three rounds going 36-1, behind power, finesse and dominant serving.
Witty added two critical wins before falling in the third round when Truckee tied the match, sending it to OT. Playing his best tennis of the season, Witty put on a clinic of consistency, patience and solid confident play while earning two much-needed points for the green and gold.
Even with the strong singles play, the Highlanders still needed a win from the doubles side to have chance. That win came from the No. 1 doubles team of Perry and Pretti, who shocked a powerful and experienced Truckee duo 6-2.
No other Incline doubles team could find the win column against the dominating Wolverine doubles squads and the match went to OT tied 9-9.
Running on the strength from their three singles players, the Highlanders jumped to a quick lead behind Prim's 7-1, Steinberg's 7-0 and Witty's 7-2 wins.
Incline needed minimal points from the doubles teams to secure the win. Perry/Pretti, Parkhill/Stranzl and Strotz/Goldenberg left nothing to chance and hammered home eight points to lock up the well-earned and inspired win.
The match set the tone for Wednesday's rematch in Truckee, which ended too late for publication. Incline, at 6-2 entering the match, would tie Truckee in the league standings with a win. South Tahoe dealt Incline its only two losses.
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