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Lake Havasu tennis cruises to easy wins over Willow Canyon

March 6, 2019

Wrapping up its four-game home stand to begin the season, the Lake Havasu boys’ tennis team had little trouble with Willow Canyon on Tuesday, winning 9-0.

Junior Chase Nobbe and sophomores Trent Dreisbach and Troy Anderson each won their matches without dropping a single game, while senior Jason Casado also won his match in straight sets while only dropping one game.

“We worked on a couple things yesterday in practice that I saw them put to use today,” said boys’ tennis head coach Jeremey Wojcicki. “I think helped them to make their game a little more versatile.”

In the day’s most exciting match, senior Paul Baca held off freshman Geovanni Miranda of Willow Canyon in a battle that went the distance as Baca won the tiebreaker 10-8.

The Knights (3-1) had their way against the Wildcats in doubles play as well.

Baca and Anderson paired up and won their match 8-0, while Casado and Nobbe won 8-1 over their opponents.

Anderson improved his record to 7-0 this season and has yet to drop a set in singles play.

“I wasn’t really sure really sure who was going to be our No. 6 coming in but Troy has come in and is doing really well,” said Wojcicki. “I’m happy to have a consistent ‘W’ out of that six spot each and every match.”

Freshman Rhett Haynes of Willow Canyon injured his back during his singles match loss against sophomore Hayden Bekkedahl and was unable to compete in doubles, thus forfeiting the match.

The girls’ team picked up an easy win on Tuesday as well, defeating the Wildcats 8-1 and moving its record to 4-0 this season.

“Another really solid effort up and down the board,” said girls’ tennis head coach Greg Brueckner. “Everybody put in 100 percent and it’s just another stepping stone.”

The Knights each won their singles matches in straight sets, except senior Tatum Liska, who dropped her first match of the season.

However, Liska recovered in doubles play as she teamed up with junior Athena Ganas and won their match 8-2.

Ganas, along with junior Jaidyn Chauhan and senior Shivangi Bhakta each improved their records to 8-0 on the season with their wins on Tuesday.

“We’ve been working on being consistent with our movements and not taking any points off,” said Brueckner about what he has focused on in practice prior to Tuesday’s match.

Lake Havasu will have a quick turnaround as the teams will hit the road today to take on Bradshaw Mountain. The boys’ match is set to begin at 1 p.m. and the girls’ will start at 3 p.m.

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