State tennis: North Tahoe’s Christian takes second in girls’ singles

The Class 3A state tennis tournament was held last week in Las Vegas, bringing together the top prep players in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association.

Players from the Northern League, however, had a tough time against their Southern League counterparts as individuals and teams from Truckee, North Tahoe, South Tahoe, Incline, North Valleys and Churchill County failed to capture any of the six state championship titles up for grabs.

North Tahoe junior Daniela Christian was the only representative from the Northern League able to make it out of a semifinal round of play. Christian, who came in as the girls’ regional singles champion, was in a tough match to open the tournament, but managed to move on after winning 6-4, 6-7, 6-2. She then advanced to the finals behind a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Western’s Lila Salvacion. In the finals, Christian was topped 6-4, 6-0 by Western’s Maddie Cherry. Truckee senior Courtney Engberg was knocked out in the opening round.

In girls’ doubles, Truckee seniors Rachel Heath and Jasmine Posada were defeated in the first round. The pair captured the Northern League title last month.

Senior Annebelle Walterscheid and sophomore Maia McDermott also represented the Wolverines, but were beaten in the opening round as well. Boulder City’s Olivia Mikkelson and Tegan Pappas took the doubles state title.

On the boys’ side, Truckee senior Luke Sortor qualified for the state singles tournament, but wasn’t able to get out of the first round. Western’s Rua Elmore won the singles championship.

In doubles, Truckee junior Kai Watters and sophomore Gabe Smith entered the tournament as the Northern League’s No. 3 seed, but were defeated in the opening round of play. Boulder City’s Preston Jorgensen and Boen Huxford won the doubles title.

In the team tournament, the Wolverines qualified both of their boys and girls’ squads, but neither was able to get past their semifinal opponent. The Meadows won the girls’ team championship, and Boulder City took the boys’ title.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at or 530-550-2643.

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