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Truckee boys tennis team earns regional bid

Matt Brown
Sierra Sun sports editor
Photo by Josh Miller/Sierra SunKaya Lampe leads the Truckee Wolverines boys tennis team into regionals today at 3 p.m. in Reno.
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When the Truckee boys tennis team met the Incline Highlanders in its first High Desert League game on Sept. 2, the Wolverines didn’t realize how important a 25-20 win over Incline was at the time.

Winning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Incline, Truckee finished 6-3 in the High Desert League and was awarded an invitation to the 2004 NIAA Regional Tennis Playoffs starting today (Oct. 5) in Reno.

For the duration of the season, Truckee leaned on the success of two constants ” No. 1 singles player Kaya Lampe and No. 1 doubles team Court Hickman and Gabe Cooper ” to earn a fourth-place in league.

Lampe started the season 12-2 and finished with an impressive 20-7 singles record. Hickman and Cooper started 15-0 on the way to a stellar 21-6 record, essential to the Wolverines success because high school scoring rules award a team three points for a doubles win in a given match and only two for singles wins.

To first-year head coach Jim Jackson, an invitation to regionals is a compliment to a group if kids who don’t have the luxury of playing tennis year-round like most of its 4A opponents.

“We’re the best of the non-professional teams,” Jackson quipped. “We’re the top of the small heap.”

Truckee will have to find a way to compete with the “big heap” if it wants to advance in this year’s Northern Region bracket. Truckee will face Reno, which beat Galena 40-5 to win the 2003 4A Northern Region bracket.

“Usually, we would get slaughtered,” Jackson said. “But heresy from the other coaches says Reno is not as good this year. We better enjoy (the playoffs) while got it, though, because we have a lot of seniors leaving.”

Truckee, the No. 3 seed last year in the High Desert, was knocked out by Bishop Manogue, 36-9, in the first round. Truckee’s only league losses this season were against the three teams that finished ahead of them in the standings ” McQueen, Galena and Manogue. The Wolverines are at a disadvantage because they are a 3A-sized school playing in a 4A league, but there are not enough 3A teams with tennis programs.

Lampe, a senior, advanced all the way to the quarterfinals in the 2003 4A Northern Region boys singles bracket with two wins before dropping a 6-0, 6-0 match to a Reno player. Hickman and Cooper advanced to the second round of the doubles tournament before being knocked out.

Senior tandem Evan Carroll and Seamus Breen were also important contributors this year, winning 11 doubles matches in the regular season. Senior Greg Beno had nine wins in singles play, and J.J. Besio and Danny Kruck formed a formidable doubles team late in the season, winning six matches.

Day Date Opponent Site Result Overall High Desert

Tues. Aug. 31 vs. Carson W, 28-17 1-0 0-0

Thurs. Sept. 2 vs. Incline W, 25-20 2-0 1-0

Tues. Sept. 7 @ Fallon W, 39-6 3-0 2-0

Thurs. Sept. 9 @ Spanish Springs W, 33-12 4-0 3-0

Tues. Sept. 14 @ Damonte Ranch W, 45-0 5-0 4-0

Thurs. Sept. 16 @ McQueen L, 30-15 5-1 4-1

Tues. Sept. 21 @ Galena L, 31-24 5-2 4-2

Thurs. Sept. 23 vs. Reed W, 32-13 6-2 5-2

Tues. Sept. 28 vs. Manogue L, 27-18 6-3 5-3

Mon. Oct. 4 vs. Rite of Passage W (forfeit) 7-3 6-3

Oct. 14-15 4A regionals

Oct. 21-23 4A state championship

Senior Andrea Roegiers’ only glitch in the 2004 regular season were two singles losses to Galena on Sept. 21. Roegiers finished 20-2 in singles play and went 3-0 with partner Brynn Kennedy in doubles play on Sept. 23 against Reed.

Roegiers will compete in the 2004 NIAA Regional Tennis Playoffs and try to improve on last year’s trip to the second round when she was the No. 6 seed in the High Desert League. Roegiers’ 2004 seed will be determined at a meeting of Northern 3A coaches on Oct. 11.

Kennedy, who was knocked out in the first round last year in singles play, will team with Kristin Deeter in the doubles bracket this time around. Of all the different doubles combinations Kennedy tried, he never teamed Kennedy and Deeter this season.

Kennedy finished 8-2 in singles play and Deeter was 15-11.

Because Truckee finished 2-7 overall and 2-6 in the High Desert League, it was only allowed to send one individual and one doubles team to regionals, said head coach Pat Kennedy.

Seniors Emily Lawrence and Kim Quesnel earned four doubles wins as a pair this season. The girls team was an unusual mixture of nine freshmen and six seniors, which bodes well for the future of the program.

Early one-point High Desert League losses to Fallon and Spanish Springs were especially tough for a Wolverines team that lost six out of its last seven matches.

Day Date Opponent Result Overall High Desert

Tues. Aug. 31 @ Carson L, 30-15 0-1 0-0

Thurs. Sept. 2 @ Incline W, 30-15 1-1 1-0

Tues. Sept. 7 vs. Fallon L, 23-22 1-2, 1-1

Thurs. Sept. 9 vs. Spanish Springs L, 23-22 1-3 1-2

Tues. Sept. 14 vs. Damonte Ranch W, 32-13 2-3 2-2

Thurs. Sept. 16 vs. McQueen L, 29-16 2-4 2-3

Tues. Sept. 21 @ Galena L, 42-3 2-5 2-4

Thurs. Sept. 23 @ Reed L, 25-20 2-6 2-5

Tues. Sept. 28 @ Manogue L, 29-16 2-7 2-6

Oct. 14-15 4A regionals

Oct. 21-23 4A state championship


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