Truckee tennis | Boys, girls take down rival Vikings
The Truckee boys tennis team began its 2014 campaign with a thrilling 10-9 victory by way of tiebreaker over rival South Tahoe on Tuesday.
The Wolverine boys finished second in the state each of the past two years, while South Tahoe also has a strong tradition of success. Both teams lost several seniors to graduation, however, many of whom were key starters.
For Truckee, all three of its starting singles players graduated, as well of two of its doubles players who helped bring home a second- and third-place state doubles titles.
The two partners of those teams teamed up this year, Teagan Pado and Ethan Gotts, sweeping all three sets, 6-2, 6-2, 6-1. Returning doubles team Brandon Flora and Eli Yale also swept sets, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. New partners Jack Feick and Ryan Schildge took down the No. 3 seeds, 6-3, and then held on to defeat the No. 2 seeds, 7-5, in a crucial match that would ultimately send Truckee to the tiebreaker.
On the singles side, South Tahoe had the distinct advantage with a couple returning players. Zach Yamauchi won his second set against the No. 3 seed, 6-3. That was the only win on the singles side, but also needed in order to send the match-play to a 9-9 tie in sets.
The tiebreaker in team tennis sends all starters back out to their starting positions to play a sudden-death, first to 7 points, game. The doubles all won their tiebreakers.
Truckee saw play improve, but still lost the No. 1 and No. 2 seed games. It all came down to Truckee’s No. 3 seed, Jaden Hippler, a sophomore playing in his first season match after being injured for the season last year, and his first time out in a starting position.
Down 5-1, Hippler found his stroke and won six points in a row, winning the game and the match for the team.
“We couldn’t be more proud of our young team, staying focused and fighting for every point against our toughest rival,” said Truckee coach Rick Deeter. “This was a huge win, but more important was how every player improved throughout the match play, putting it all together when we needed it most.”
Truckee plays at the Tahoe Donner Tennis Center on Sept. 18.
The Truckee girls also earned a big win against South Tahoe, using a team effort to win 15 of 18 matches.
Aimee LaGranduer and Anna Kieth led the singles with three victories each, while freshman Rebecca Ziegler had two wins.
The doubles team of Devyn Hogan and Laney Rohlf were perfect on the day with three wins. Riley Pruyn and Lexie Gross had two wins at the No. 2 doubles slot.
Anne Guerra and Emmy Downing played three doubles and battled for two wins.
The Truckee girls will host Fallon on Tuesday at the Tahoe Donner Tennis Center.