Truckee tennis | Boys fare well individually at regionals
October 19, 2011
The Truckee boysand#8217; tennis team finished second to Reno in the Northern 4A High Desert division with a 7-1 record, which allowed the Wolverines to send their top three seeds in both singles and doubles to the 4A Northern Region Tennis Championships last week.
The only senior on the team, Nathan Black, put up a great fight in the second round of the tournament, but fell to the No. 5 seed from Carson.
Jake Kamenetsky, who was seeded fifth in the High Desert division, moved through the second round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over South Tahoe. Kamenetsky then faced the No. 4 seed from Bishop Manogue in a back-and-forth match but came up shy, 7-6, 3-6, 1-6.
Isaiah Cutler, Truckeeand#8217;s No. 1 seed and the No. 2 seed in the High Desert division, took on Douglas in the second round, winning 6-1, 6-0. Cutler continued the momentum against Bishop Manogue, winning 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals.
The next match pitted him against the No. 3 seed from the Sierra Division from Bishop Manogue. Cutler moved into the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Cutler put up a great fight against the No. 1 seed, losing 5-7, 3-6, before losing to Inclineand#8217;s Miles Prim to finish in fourth in Northern Nevada. This is the highest singles finish Truckee has ever had in the individual regionals. The top three advanced to the state championship.
All three doubles teams made it to the third round of the doubles bracket.
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Jackson Rohlf and Zack Conradson had an unfortunate draw, forced to take on the top seed of the tournament and the eventual champions, in this round. Branden Deeter and Travis Ferre took on Carson in the second round, winning 6-3, 7-5 to advance to the third round.
A new doubles pairing this year, Deeter and Ferre, improved immensely throughout the year and became the No. 5 seed in the High Desert division. They fell to Galenaand#8217;s No. 2 seed in the third round, 1-6, 1-6.
Truckeeand#8217;s top seeded team, Aaron Pado and Grayson Forsberg, was ranked fourth in the High Desert division. After handily winning a second-round draw from Damonte Ranch, 6-1, 6-0, the pair went on to face South Tahoeand#8217;s No. 2 seed. This was a match with very similar skill levels, which led to a tiebreaker in the first set, which Pado/Forsberg won 7-3. They took that momentum into the second set, advancing with scores of 7-5, 6-2.
This put them into the quarterfinals facing the Sierra Divisionand#8217;s No. 1 seed from Bishop Manogue, a team favored to go to state. Truckee struggled in the first set, losing 5-7, but managed to fight back and win the second set by a break, 6-4. This long, grueling match, the second of the day, went into a third set. It was clearly a matter of physical endurance, which Pado/Forsberg advanced with a win, 6-3.
The Truckee pair made it to the semifinals, the farthest a Truckee team has ever advanced in menand#8217;s doubles, but fell to Reno 6-2, 1-6, 1-6 for a fourth-place finish in Northern Nevada.
and#8212; This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at email@example.com.