Truckee tennis: Boys complete undefeated league season
The Truckee boys tennis team completed its first ever undefeated regular season with a win over Fallon and a forfeit by Incline.
The 14-4 victory over the Greenwave brought Truckee’s record to 9-0 in the Northern Division I-A. “
“Playing at Fallon’s home courts can always be challenging,” said Truckee coach Rick Deeter. “A combination of other sports practicing in the area, a large number of the student body and supportive parents watching the matches and the ever changing elements make for some high-energy play.”
Finding their late season consistency, Truckee’s singles made up of Zach Haas, Ethan Gotts and Jaden Hippler did not give up a game, winning 6-0, 6-0, 6-0. The doubles were met with some harder play, but the teams of Kevin Cross and Colin Duerlington, Jack Feick and Quincy Schram, Zach Larson and Noah Warren also won their matches, 6-3, 6-2, 6-0.
In the second round, Truckee stayed with the same line and was again dominate winning five out of six points. In one of the closest doubles match of the day, Feick/Schram lost to Fallon’s No. 1’s, 4-6.
With enough points to secure the overall victory, Truckee made substitutions putting in their No. 4 singles Sawyer Laine and their No. 4 doubles Jack Keith and Tonito Posada. Laine behind steady play bested his opponent, 6-3. Keith and Posada continued to show improved groundstrokes and court awareness, however, they were defeated 3-6.
For the second year in a row, Incline was not able to field a complete team because of a week-long fall break. Truckee won by forfeit recording their 10th victory of the season.
In a nonleague match against Division I Bishop Manogue, Truckee suffered its first loss of the year, 10-8. The Wolverines and the Miners have had a history of close matches and this one, not surprising, was just the same.
Truckee’s No. 1 singles, Gotts, had his hands full against a very solid player losing his first match of the year 1-6. The No. 2 singles Zach Yamauchi got off to his fastest start winning 6-4. Turner Drummond, stepping into a tough No. 3 spot, won a couple of games before succumbing to a more consistent player 2-6. On the doubles side, Truckee fared a little better winning two of three matches. The first round ended in a tie, 3-3.
Second round play was marked by excellent play on both sides of the net. Yamauchi lost a close one to Manogue’s No.1, 4-6, while Gotts got back on track with a easy 6-0 win. Truckee’s No. 1 doubles Cross/Deurlington continued to dominate their opponents, 6-0, but the No. 2 Schram/Larson could not match up against the No.1’s losing 1-6.
The other two matches went to tie breaks and could have been anyone’s game. Truckee’s No. 4 singles Jack Watters lead early but could not close it out falling 6-7 (5-7). Likewise, Truckee’s No. 4 doubles, Grayson Beckert and Keith got out to an early tiebreak lead until it slipped away in a 6-7 (4-7) loss. The Miners now lead 7-5 after the second round.
Truckee would have to win four out of the final six points to send the entire match to a all match tiebreak. With the intensity as high as in had been all year and Truckee trailing 8-9, it all came down to the a final doubles match. Each team battled back-in-forth, neither ever getting more that a one game lead. Once again, this match went to a tiebreak and again Truckee won the first few points. However, it was not meant to be for Truckee and Bishop Manogue rallied to a 6-7 (3-7) victory.
“I am not a big fan of winning streaks and while losing is no fun, I believe we came together as a team much more than any of our previous wins,” Deeter said. “You always take more away from a loss and I truly believe that this match will make us a better team and provide the motivation to take us to the next level.”
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