Truckee tennis | Boys take down Fallon on road
The Truckee boys tennis team improved to 4-0 after facing to league rivals who were unable to fill out complete rosters — North Tahoe and Sparks — and edging Fallon, 10-8, on the road last week.
Against Fallon, a team that challenged Truckee in regionals last year and is even stronger this year, the Wolverines earned a hard-fought, 10-8 victory.
The first round started out with Truckee’s strong doubles contingent performing well.
Teagan Pado and Ethan Gotts faced off against the returning team of Beyer and Wood. Both Fallon players are seniors and had a great season last year. For the league, Pado/Gotts and Beyer/Wood were undefeated in season play headed into this match. It was a tight match with a single break game, giving the Pado and Gotts the edge, 6-4.
Eli Yale and Brandon Flora were solid as well for the Wolverines, as they deafeated Stadtman and Delugg in the second-seeded match, 6-1. Cody Tilton and Quincy Schram started in the No. 3 spot and defeated Sabatino and Deng, 6-3.
Over on the singles side, Truckee was off to a tough start, behind initially in all three sets. Fortunately for the Wolverines, the early-game jitters wore off and Zach Yamauchi came back to win over Adam Wadsworth, 7-5. Kevin Cross, deep in the hole, rallied to force a tiebreaker at 6-6. Cross kept the comeback momentum rolling, edging the tiebreaker 7-4. Truckee finished the first round up 5-1.
In the second round, Cross managed to maintain his momentum against Fallon’s No. 1 seed and win 6-2. Pado swapped out his partner to play with Curtis Krommenhoek, posting a solid 6-0 victory against Sabatino and Deng. These were the only two wins in the second round, bringing the match-score to Truckee, 7-5, heading into the final, all-important round.
Pado and Gotts continued their undefeated season, taking out Fallon’s No. 2 in a 6-0 set. Yale and Flora were set back in the second round by Beyer and Wood, but came back to defeat Getto and Jameson 6-3 in the final round.
This put the ball, figuratively, in the singles’ court. Truckee needed a single victory to clinch the match. Devon Kim played hard in his first-ever match against Fallon’s No. 1 seed, Wadsworth, winning three games in impressive play. Zach Yamauchi fell in a tiebreaker to Jamison in the No. 2 seed spot.
The weight fell upon Cross’ shoulders for the win. His early lead gave way to a Fallon comeback rally. However, with a 5-4 lead, Cross was able to close to lead to the Truckee win.
“Fallon’s team improved since last year, especially the singles players,” said Truckee coach Rick Deeter. “We rallied and won the matches needed to edge out a win against a very tough team.”