Incline tennis | Highlanders’ dynamic duo wins state doubles title
October 30, 2014
In the end, weather was the only force that could stop Incline's dynamic tennis duo.
Incline seniors Miles Prim and Cole Steinberg earned the Highlanders' first-ever doubles state title in a weather-shortened final match at the Division I-A individual state championships in Reno on Saturday.
Prim and Steinberg, who went undefeated in singles during the regular season before teaming up to win the Northern region doubles title, were awarded as co-state champions.
The Incline pair dominated en route to the title.
Entering the tournament as the top-seeded doubles team from the North, they swept past fourth Southern seed Arman Sanatinia and Eddie Rastgoo, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinal round Friday at the Tahoe Donner Tennis Center.
Prim and Steinberg then swept past the third-seeded Northern team of Brandon Flora and Eli Yale of Truckee in the semifinals on Saturday as the tournament was moved to Reno's Plumas Tennis Center due to the weather.
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That set up a title match against the No. 1 Southern seed of Chaitanya Ingle and Marcus Pasimio of Clark, who defeated Fallon's Martin Beyer and Tyler Wood and Truckee's Teagan Pado and Ethan Gotts to advance.
The weather, meanwhile, continued to worsen, with bone-chilling gusts of wind and rain that challenged both sides.
The Southern team fought off two set points and took advantage of a sudden rash of unforced errors and wind-blown hits to capture the first set, 7-5. Playing with a sense of urgency, Prim and Steinberg stormed out to a quick 3-0 lead as they settled in and gained control of the match.
But the weather intensified to an unplayable level, and with a third set on the stormy horizon and Clark under a travel deadline, NIAA officials awarded both teams the state title.
Junior singles players Anne Schrage and Allison Tong also represented the Highlanders in the state championships after Schrage won the Northern Division I-A title and Tong earned the fourth seed.
Schrage dropped her quarterfinal match against Kathleen Wright of Faith Lutheran, 5-7, 2-6. Wright went on to defeat Truckee's Aimee LaGrandeur in the semifinal before falling to top-seeded Averiana Mitchell of Sierra Vista in the title match.
Tong lost to Mitchell in the quarterfinals, 0-6, 0-6.