Truckee tennis: Boys remain undefeated in league
The undefeated Truckee boys tennis team went 2-0 against improved North Tahoe and Sparks squads last week, defeating the Lakers 12-6 and the Railroaders 15-3.
Led by Zach Haas, Truckee’s singles got off to a fast start against North Tahoe, winning all their matches, 6-0, 6-3, 6-4. Not to be outdone, Kevin Cross and Colin Deurlington set the pace for the doubles by also sweeping their opponents, 6-0, 6-0, 6-0.
Second-round action saw Truckee’s No. 4 singles, Zach Yamauchi, challenged in a 2-6 loss to North Tahoe’s No. 1 single. Sawyer Laine, Truckee’s No. 5 singles, continued to find his ground strokes but fell to the No. 2, 4-6. In doubles, Truckee’s No. 4, Grayson Beckert and Jack Keith, won 6-0 and the No. 5, Turner Drummond and Jack Watters, playing together for the first time won 6-2.
The Lakers had their best round winning four of the six points. Truckee’s No. 2 singles, Ethan Gotts, and No. 2 doubles, Quincy Schram and Zach Larson, provided the only wins of the round, 6-1 and 6-2, respectively.
Additional highlights had Spencer Thomas showing his best ground strokes and movement of the season, but it was not enough in a 4-6 loss. Other players seeing action were Tonito Posada, Jed Downing, Alex Caldwell and Dustin Holbrook.
The Railroaders rolled into town with their largest team of the season but they were still two shy of a full team. This gave Truckee the opportunity to shuffle its lineup.
Larson, Drummond and Watters were Truckee’s singles and won convincingly, 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1. Beckert/Keith, Laine/Posada and Caldwell/Thomas also posted early wins, 6-2, 6-4 and one to forfeit.
Truckee’s No. 4 singles, Dustin Holbrook, was the only change during the second round. His contribution along with the starters had similar results, 6-4, 6-0, 6-3. Truckee gave up only one point in a doubles loss to Spark’s No. 1, 2-6.
The Railroaders saved their best round for last recording an additional two points. Truckee’s No. 5 singles, Randy Butler, scored a convincing win, 6-2, but all the drama came down to the last doubles match. Laine/Posada battled in a back-and-forth match with the Spark’s No. 1’s resulting in a late match tiebreak. Leading early, Truckee could not finish it out, losing 6-7 (4-7).
— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at email@example.com.