Prep tennis: Lakers’ Wittels goes undefeated, Truckee girls defeated at South Tahoe
North Tahoe senior tennis player Anja Wittels completed a regular-season sweep against Hug this past Thursday.
The Lakers’ No. 1 singles player the past four years, Wittels finished a perfect 21-0 against other No. 1 players from the High Desert League, which includes mostly 4A programs.
Wittels will likely enter the Northern Regional Tournament from Oct. 16-18 as a No. 1 seed, although it has not yet been determined. Last year she entered as the fifth seed and earned a top-8 finish. She has made regionals each of the past three years.
The senior hopes for a top-3 finish at regionals, which would qualify her to compete in the State Championship from Oct. 23-25.
North Tahoe did not place among the top four in league play and thus did not qualify for regionals as a team. The Lakers can, however, send one singles player ” Wittels ” and one doubles team to compete individually.
Juniors Jamie Gross and Bailey Booras will play doubles for the Lakers after winning a playoff with teammates.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Having soundly beaten Truckee during the regular season, the second-seeded South Tahoe High girls’ tennis team needed to guard against a letdown in its regional tennis tournament playoff match on Tuesday.
The Wolverines won four matches in the first two rounds, but South Tahoe clinched a spot in the Northern 4A regional semifinals by sweeping the final round en route to a 14-4 victory.
South Tahoe also won the earlier match 14-4 but only led 4-2 after the first round Tuesday.
Truckee, making its first postseason team appearance in the 4A division, stayed competitive in the early rounds behind singles players Cami Straw, Kelsey Falkenberg and Courtney Pomeroy. Behind Falkenberg’s 6-3 victory over Rebecca Roberts and Pomeroy’s 6-4 triumph over Alyssa Mlynsky, the fourth-seeded Wolverines only trailed 4-2 after the first round.
“We are excited to be here,” said Truckee coach Jessica Putz. “After losing to them last time, the girls were trying to come back and see what they could do. Not quite there yet.”
” By Steve Yingling, Sun News Service
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