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Havasu makes quick work of Yuma

April 10, 2019

After dropping its first road match of the season on Monday, the Lake Havasu girls’ tennis team bounced back, defeating Yuma at home on Tuesday 8-1.

The Knights’ Nos. 1 through 5 all won their singles’ matches in straight sets and swept the doubles matches.

Senior Tatum Liska and junior Athena Ganas, who dropped their first doubles match as a pair in over a year on Monday, returned to form with an 8-0 win against Yuma.

With their wins in singles, Ganas is now 24-2 on the season while Liska is 23-3.

“It’s been a real grind here for the last couple weeks and we’ve been on the road so much,” said girls’ tennis head coach Greg Brueckner. “With state playoffs on the horizon, I know there’s still some things we can work on.”

Senior No.3 Hannah Jackson, junior No. 4 Jaidyn Chauhan and junior No. 5 Alicia Medina all picked up wins in singles play.

Sophomore No. 6 Kovina Savita lost her match in a third set tiebreaker after dropping the first set.

“Her opponent was very consistent and Kovina played well,” said Brueckner. “It was just a few little strategic errors on her part.”

However, she did pick up a win in doubles with her partner Chauhan, winning 8-3.

Medina and senior Shivangi Bhakta paired up for a win in doubles as the No. 3 pair.

Lake Havasu (11-2) is currently ranked ninth in their division.

While the Knights have secured a spot in the state playoffs, the top eight teams would host, which means Lake Havasu will likely require some help in order to rise to the top eight and secure a home match.

The boys’ team had little trouble putting away Yuma as well on Tuesday, winning by a similar score 8-1.

It was their third win in a row.

“We played well, really across the board,” said boys’ tennis head coach Jeremy Wojcicki. “They made some quick work in singles.”

Sophomore No. 1 Hayden Bekkedahl, sophomore No. 3 Trent Dreisbach, sophomore No. 4 Gavin Lintz, junior No. 5 Chase Nobbe and senior No. 6 Jason Casado all picked up wins in straight sets in their singles matches against Yuma.

The Knights (7-6) swept the doubles matches on Tuesday as Bekkedahl and Dreisbach paired up for win in the No. 1 spot. Nobbe and Casado won their match in the No. 2 slot.

Although senior No. 2 Paul Baca lost his singles match on Tuesday, he won in doubles along with fellow senior Gabe Balderrama in the No. 3 spot in their final home match of their careers.

Lake Havasu will wrap up its busy week on Thursday against Youngker. The girls’ team will take on the Roughriders at home and the boys’ team will hit the road for its match. Both matches will begin at 1 p.m.

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