Incline tennis | Prim, Steinberg claim regional doubles title
The Division I-A state individual championships will be contested at Tahoe Donner Tennis Center on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25. The boys at 4 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s action starts with semifinal rounds at 9 a.m.
As one might suspect, the two best singles players on the Incline boys tennis team are a considerable force as doubles partners.
After undefeated seasons playing singles, Incline seniors Miles Prim and Cole Steinberg teamed up to compete in doubles at the Northern Division I-A’s individual regional championships in Truckee on Friday. That way, they figured, the best friends wouldn’t have to square off against each other.
The returned to Incline with the regional doubles title and top Northern seed entering this week’s state championship tournament.
“It’s like having Adam Wainwright and Clayton Kershaw as your one and two pitchers,” Incline coach Billy Knight said of Prim and Steinberg. “Just send them out there and let them do their thing. It’s beautiful.”
As the No. 2 seed behind Truckee’s undefeated duo of Teagan Pado and Ethan Gotts, the Incline pair received a first-round bye before defeating Truckee’s Jack Feick and Ryan Schiledge, 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinal round.
Prim and Steinberg then beat Fallon’s Tyler Wood and Martin Beyer, 6-0, 6-1, in the semis to advance to the championship match against Pado and Gotts.
The Incline duo struggled at times but overcame their mistakes with clutch play to earn a hard-fought win, 6-4, 7-5.
Prim and Steinberg were particularly tough in the second set, as they stormed back from a 4-1 deficit, reeling of four straight games.
“These two young men had shown everyone what they were made of,” Knight said. “They fought back with tenacity, they fought with intensity, they showed pride and support for each other, and most of all, they showed what the meaning of heart is all about…
“Miles and Cole are the finest players to wear the Incline colors in many years and have a better than good chance at bringing home a state championship.”
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