Truckee tennis: Boys off to 2-0 start in league
Truckee will host Fallon on Thursday at 3 p.m.
The defending regional champion Truckee boys tennis team opened the season on a positive note — with a nail-biting, 10-8 win over South Tahoe last Tuesday.
Both teams are rebuilding after graduating four starters apiece. Truckee lost half of its No. 1 doubles team, the entire No. 2 doubles team and a No. 3 doubles player. South Tahoe had to replace its No. 1 singles player and three doubles players.
In doubles, Truckee seniors Kevin Cross and Colin Deurlington teamed up for the first time and swept all three sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-0. Senior Jack Feick and freshman Noah Warren won their first two sets, 6-2, 7-5.
On the singles side, freshman Zach Haas won impressive matches over more seasoned players, 6-1, 6-0, 6-0. Senior Zach Yamauchi won his first round match, 6-2, but lost to the Vikings’ No. 1 and 2 singles in close matches, 5-7 and 2-6, respectively.
Junior Jaden Hippler, while showing signs of his mid-season form, gave up his matches to his more steady rivals.
With a score of 7-5 after the second round, the Wolverines needed solid play from their starters to win at least three sets for the victory or possibly end in a tie, sending the match to an all-team tiebreak.
With Truckee’s No. 1 singles and doubles securing wins, it came down to the last two matches.
Truckee No. 2 doubles Feick/Warren had early leads in both the match and into a tiebreak, but could not hold on, losing 6-7 (6-8).
Truckee’s No. 3 doubles, Quincy Schram and freshman Zach Larson, lost both early matches, 4-6 and 1-6, yet remained focused and positive. In a close back-and-forth match, they found their strokes and got their first win, 6-4, to give Truckee the victory.
“The first match of the year is always exciting, but playing one of your archrivals the first time your team steps on the court can be downright overwhelming,” said Truckee coach Rick Deeter. “Both teams deserve a lot of credit for a hard-fought match.”
In a Thursday match, Truckee traveled to play North Tahoe at the Lakers’ new tennis courts.
“The courts were just completed and we have only practiced once on them,” said Kirsten Siewert, North Tahoe’s new coach. “This is our first competitive match on them.”
As North Tahoe continues to build its tennis programs, Truckee secured its second victory of the season, 14-4.
Haas won his matches 6-0, 6-0, while Hippler lost his first match 2-6 but recorded his first wins against North Tahoe’s No. 1 and No. 3 singles, 6-3, 6-3. Yamauchi defeated North Tahoe’s No. 3 singles 6-4, but could not repeat against the Lakers’ No. 2, losing 2-6.
Truckee’s 1, 2 and 3 doubles teams went undefeated through all three rounds. Cross/Deurlington won 6-0, 6-1, Schram and Larson won 6-3, 6-0, 6-0, and Feick and Warren won 6-0, 6-0, 6-1.
Other Truckee players seeing their first match play included sophomore Spencer Thomas, sophomore Grayson Berkert, freshman Jack Keith and freshman Jack Watters. Berkert and Keith won their doubles match, 6-0, while Thomas and Watters went down in tough singles competition.
‘It was wonderful to play against the much improved North Tahoe team and congrats on the new courts,” said Truckee coach Lucy Schram. “A great effort by the Truckee boys to play with better consistency to secure a solid win.”