Truckee tennis | Boys, girls play into second round of regionals
October 10, 2011
The Truckee boys’ tennis team defeated South Tahoe, 13-5, in the first round of the Northern 4A Regional Tennis Tournament last Tuesday, while the Truckee girls advanced past the first round with a 10-8 win against South Tahoe.
The boys then ran into a tough test in top-ranked Galena of the Sierra Division in the second round Friday, which they lost 13-5 to end their season. Truckee’s girls also crossed paths with a tough team in the second round in Reno High, which defeated the Wolverines 13-5 to advance.
Truckee’s boys, which will send its top players to compete in the individual regionals this week, entered the postseason as the No. 2 seed behind Reno from the High Desert Division. Galena and Reno will meet Monday for the regional championship in a battle of top seeds from each Northern division.
According to Truckee coach Ken Cutler, the Truckee and South Tahoe boys, which entered as the third seed from the Sierra Division, were two evenly matched teams.
Most of the sets were competitive as Truckee began to pull ahead in the second round. In team tennis, the home team must perform well in the second round, as the matchups tip slightly in favor of the home team before tipping back in round three.
This is where Truckee came up big. Top seeds Isaiah Cutler in singles and doubles partners Aaron Pado and Grayson Forsberg won their matches. The key was the over on the No. 3 seed court, where Jackson Rohlf and Zach Conradson faced South Lake’s top doubles seed, and the third seed in the entire Sierra Division. Rohlf and Conradson won, 6-1, to virtually guaranteed Truckee a tie before the final round started.
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The excitement from the impressive victory carried over into the final round as the Wolverines secured the win.
Truckee found out on Friday that Galena, a 4A school, boasted exceptional depth, drawing from a large student population in a city where tennis is a popular sport.
The first round proved difficult, but it did include one Truckee highlight. Aaron Pado and Grayson Forsberg took on the No. 2 seed of the entire Sierra division, a team with its sights on the state championships next week. The Truckee pair dropped a break and fell behind early, but made several spectacular plays to turn it around and beat Galena’s top seed, 6-4.
That momentum carried into the second round, where Cutler won 6-0 and, once again, Rohlf and Conradson came up huge, winning a tiebreaker, 7-6.
Pado and Forsberg kept their streak alive, winning all three of their sets despite the team coming up short.