The Carson High girls tennis team continued its push to make the zone playoffs with a 14.5 to 8 win over North Tahoe on Tuesday at Centennial Park.
Carson improved to 3-2 in the Sierra League, with its two losses coming to Reno and Douglas. It figures that the final two spots from the Sierra League into the zone playoffs will come down to Carson, Manogue and South Tahoe. The Senators travel to Manogue on Thursday and will host North Valleys next Tuesday and South Tahoe a week from Thursday.
"We've got to win those next three," Carson coach Diane Baker said.
The Senators obviously needed a win on Tuesday to improve its playoff chances. "We'll take a win," Baker said.
Carson's younger players have also continued to improve during the season.
"The younger players, the ones that are so gree and new at it, there the ones showing the most improvement," Baker said.
Among those younger players are Greta Schnaser and Amber Whitworth, who won 6-1 on Tuesday.
"Give them a couple of years," Baker said. "They're coming along."
Jenae Jeppson and Staci Cobler also won both of their matches, winning 6-1 and 7-5. Katie Elverum and and Shannon Arnold also won 6-2 in doubles. In singles, Natalie Rogers won 6-2.
NORTH TAHOE 13, CARSON BOYS 9.5
The Carson High boys tennis fell just short in a closely contested match with North Tahoe. But Carson coach Pat Houlihan said he was pleased that his team is beginning to learn how to win the close matches after not being to pull out the close matches last week against Douglas.
Carson pulled out two close matches in doubles as Zach Caron and Dylan Stone and Josh Whitworth and Brandon Waterman both won 6-4. Andrew Araza and John McDonald were unable to pull out a pivotal match as they lost to North Tahoe's No. 1 team 4-6. Araza and McDonald, though, won their other two matches 6-3, 6-0.
Josh Brekken continued to be impressive as he swept 6-1, 6-0, 6-2. "Josh Brekken continued to show his strength," Houlihan said.