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Regional tennis | Wolverines punch tickets to state

Staff report

The Wolverines will be well represented in both the team and individual Division I-A tennis state championship tournaments.

After the Truckee boys and girls had earned top seeds in the team state championship, Truckee's doubles partners of Teagan Pado and Ethan Gotts and Brandon Flora and Eli Yale advanced to the individual state championship, while on the girls' side, Truckee's Emmy Downing and Annie Guerra qualified in doubles and Aimee LaGrandeur advanced in singles.

Pado and Gotts will carry the North's No. 2 seed into the individual championship after finishing runner-up at regionals on Friday. Pado and Gotta advanced past the first round by way of a bye. They defeated Barnett/Tenoceloti of South Tahoe, 6-0, 6-1, in the quarterfinals and Flora/Yale, 6-2, 6-2, in the semis.

That set up a regional championship match against Incline's Miles Prim and Cole Steinberg. In a hard-fought match, Prim, who is a nationally ranked singles player, and Steinberg emerged victorious, 6-4, 7-5.

Flora and Yale, meanwhile, defeated Fallon's Delugg/Sabatino, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round and South Tahoe's Petrogalio/Kortge, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals before falling to their Truckee teammates in the semis. Flora and Yale then edged Fallon's Tyler Wood and Martin Beyer, 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, in the third-place match.

In girls doubles action, Downing and Guerra will compete as a No. 4 seed at state after defeating Incline's Scarpulla/Buchewicz, 6-0, 6-1, in the opening round and then getting past South Tahoe's Smith/Sandburn, 6-1, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. Downing and Guerra then lost 6-2, 6-0 to Fallon's Izzy Martinez and Melanie Nuckolis in the third-place match.

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LaGrandeur won her first two singles matches, defeating Allen of South Tahoe, 6-0, 6-1, and Taylor of Incline by the same score, before falling to Kylee Lyons of South Tahoe, 7-5, 6-1, in the semis. LaGrandeur then defeated Incline's Allison Tong, 6-4, 6-4, in the third-place match.

State championships

The Division I-A state individual championships will be contested at Tahoe Donner Tennis Center on Friday and Saturday. Girls start at 2:30 p.m. and boys at 4 on Friday. Saturday’s action starts with semifinal rounds at 9 a.m. The team state championship will be played at the Reno Tennis Center on Thursday (semifinals) and the Tahoe Donner Tennis Center on Friday (finals). The girls finals start at 9 a.m. Friday and the boys follow at 11:30.