Truckee tennis: Boys keep undefeated record intact
Truckee is scheduled to play at Fallon on Tuesday and host Incline in the final regular-season match on Thursday, Oct. 1.
Week three for Truckee boys tennis looked to be one of the most challenging as the Wolverines were scheduled to play away matches against two of their toughest rivals. The Wolverines came away winning both matches, 14-4 over Incline and 12-6 over South Tahoe to remain undefeated on the season.
First up was Incline, which was the only team to defeat Truckee last year in the regular season. Incline had an extremely solid team, but the strength was in its singles. Graduating all three of their singles starters, Incline had some big shoes to fill.
In singles, Truckee’s No. 1, Zach Haas, won his match, 6-0. No. 2 Ethan Gotts, playing in his first match of the season, also won decisively, 6-0. No. 3, Zach Yamauchi, was met with tough competition but prevailed, 7-5.
Truckee’s doubles teams, No. 1 Kevin Cross and Colin Deurlington, No. 2 Jack Feick and Noah Warren, and No. 3 Quincy Schram and Zach Larson, showed their strength giving up only two games combined, 6-0, 6-2, 6-0.
In second-round play, Incline remained with its starting lineup while the Wolverines substituted Jaden Hippler, their No. 4 singles. Again, Truckee singles led by Haas dominated play, recording 6-1, 6-1, 6-0 wins.
Cross/Deurlington continued their strong play, winning 6-0. The other doubles matches were much closer with Feick/Warren battling for a 6-4 win while Schram/Larson playing Inclines toughest team gave up Truckee’s first point, losing 4-6.
With the victory secured, third-round action saw addition substitutions from both teams. Truckee’s No.1 and No. 2 doubles teams completed the sweep of their opponents, 6-2, 6-1, respectively, with Turner Drummond seeing his first playing time of the season as Feick’s partner.
The No. 4 doubles of Grayson Beckert and Jack Keith were matched against the more seasoned Highlanders No. 1 players, losing 0-6. On the singles side, Gotts consistent ground strokes delivered his third win, 6-0. Jed Downing showed continued improvement but was overmatched in his set, 0-6.
The final match of the day provided the most drama as Hippler fell behind 2-5 before rallying to take it to a 6-6 tiebreak. Taking the first point, Hippler was overcome by legs cramps that clearly impacted his movement on the court. Incline won the next seven tiebreak points and the match, 7-6 (7-1).
“It was great to see the guys pull together and rally behind their teammates during some close sets being played,” said coach Lucy Schram. “The support for each other will help them achieve their goals as a team.”
South Tahoe was looking to get even against Truckee, having lost in a very close match two weeks ago. While both teams had filled out their lineups with addition players not available in their first meeting, the Vikings also without their No.1 singles player due to injury.
The first round always provides a lot of excitement as both teams are looking to score early points and set the tone for the remaining matches.
The tennis action was marked by dominance on both sides of the courts. Truckee’s Haas and Gotts, led by steady ground strokes, breezed to easy wins of 6-1, 6-0. However, the Viking No. 3 singles also won convincingly over Yamauchi, 0-6.
The doubles No.1 and No. 2 split one-sided matches with Cross/Deurlington winning 6-0 but Schram/Larson losing 0-6. However, the competition felt much closer than the scores reflected. Hippler in his first doubles match teamed up with Warren. Their No. 3 doubles match represented all the built up tension of the first round as it ended in a tiebreak, 7-6 (7-2).
Leading 4-2 going into the second round, the Wolverines continued to put on the pressure as they won five of the six points, putting them in a commanding lead. The singles won all of their matches, 6-0, 6-0, 6-1. The doubles won two of three, 6-1, 6-4, 2-6.
Third-round singles play had Gotts continuing his winning ways, 6-1. Yamauchi played some of his best tennis to date but came up short against the Vikings’ No. 1, 4-6. Drummond came in at the No. 4 singles and lost 4-6.
Doubles play finished out the matches with Cross/Deurlington and Feick/Warren scoring solid wins, 6-3 and 6-1, respectively. Truckee’s No. 4 doubles of Beckert/Keith demonstrated improved ball control, movement and communication but it was not enough in a 4-6 loss.
— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.