Truckee tennis: Wolverines improve to 4-0 in league
Truckee will begin the second half of its league schedule with a road match at South Tahoe on Thursday.
The Truckee boys tennis team continued on its winning path this past week, recording victories against Division I-A opponents Sparks and Fallon.
In their second away match of the season, the Wolverines faced an improved Railroaders team with the addition of several incoming freshman. Sparks, however, were two players short of fielding a full starting lineup, which gave Truckee a distinct advantage en route to the 16-2 win.
Truckee No. 1 singles player Jaden Hippler and No. 2 singles Jack Watters won their first-round matches 6-0 and 6-1. No. 1 doubles Quincy Schram and Zach Larson and No. 2 doubles Grayson Beckert and Jack Keith also played solid tennis, winning 6-1 and 6-1, respectively.
Second-round play saw a completely new lineup with Truckee’s No. 3 singles Randy Butler grinding out a tough match, 6-4. Jed Downing in his first start played well as Truckee’s No. 4 singles but could not hold off Sparks No. 2 singles, losing 4-6.
Other second-round matches included No. 3 doubles Sawyer Laine and Tonito Posada recording a victory, 6-3, and No. 4 doubles Spencer Thomas and Dustin Holbrook losing in a close match, 4-6, giving Sparks its second point.
Truckee led 10-2 going into the third round. Truckee starters and subs combined to win the remaining matches and collected all of the points available to them.
“It was great to see some of the younger players get some match experience,” said Truckee coach Jason Spruit. “For some it was their first high school tennis match and they proved they belong on the team.”
Fallon returned to the site of last year’s regional semifinals where the Wolverines nearly faced elimination at the hands of the Greenwave. Truckee won that match by the narrowness of margins, 10-9 (40-39).
In Thursday’s match, the expectations were high for another close match. But Fallon, as it turned out, graduated seven starters from last year’s team, and the Wolverines rolled to a 12-6 win.
In first-round action, Truckee won all six points available.
No. 1 singles Zach Haas, Hippler and No. 3 singles Zach Yamauchi all won by a score of 6-0. All three doubles matches started out close until Truckee’s No. 1 Kevin Cross and Colin Deurlington, No. 2 Jack Feick and Noah Warren and No. 3 Quincy Schram and Zach Larson pulled away recording wins, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, respectively.
Second-round matches saw similar results with Truckee taking five out of six points and securing the victory, 11-1. No. 4 singles Jed Downing for strategic reasons was matched up against the Greenwave’s No. 1 singles, losing 0-6.
Truckee was able to play the remainder of its team during the final round.
Yamauchi won his match 6-2 against Fallon’s No. 2 singles. Alex Caldwell and Jack Watters played single matches winning multiple games before losing the set 2-6, 3-6.
The No. 4 and No. 5 doubles got some very valuable experience playing Fallon’s starting doubles, 0-6, 2-6. The final match of the day was also the closest with Truckee’s No. 6 doubles Spencer Thomas and Sawyer Laine coming up just short in a tie-break, 6-7 (1-7).
“While this year’s match was not as close as last year’s, we have the deepest respect for the Greenwave and their program,” Truckee coach Rick Deeter said.
On Thursday, Truckee travels to South Tahoe for the beginning of the second half of the season.
— This article was submitted to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.