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Havasu tennis wins easy over Buckeye Union in regular season finale

April 17, 2019

In its final regular season match of the season, the Lake Havasu girls’ tennis team recorded an easy 9-0 win on the road against Buckeye Union on Tuesday.

Due to inclement weather, the teams played eight-game pro sets in singles, the scoring system used in doubles play. This ensured the matches would move along at a faster pace and finish before the rainy weather came.

The Knights (13-2) won their section for the third consecutive year and currently hold the No. 9 ranking in their division.

Girls’ tennis head coach Greg Brueckner is hopeful his team will be able to climb into eighth to host a state playoff match next week. The top eight teams in the rankings will also receive an automatic bid in both the singles and doubles championships.

“That’s the hope and it’s a stretch,” said Brueckner about his team possibly rising in the rankings. “But you never know what’ll happen and we’re holding onto hope.”

Lake Havasu put forth a convincing effort with its win on Thursday.

The closest singles match of the day was won by senior No. 1 Tatum Liska, who won her match 8-3.

Junior No. 2 Athena Ganas and senior No. 3 Hannah Jackson both won their matches 8-0, while junior No. 4 Jaidyn Chauhan, junior No. 5 Alicia Medina and sophomore No. 6 Kovina Savita all won their matches by scores of 8-1.

In doubles play, Liska and Ganas won 8-2 and improved to 14-1 as a pair this season. Individually, Liska finished the regular season with a 27-3 record, while Ganas finished at 28-2.

Chauhan and Savita teamed up in the No. 2 spot to win their doubles match 8-0.

Chauhan finished the season with an individual record of 23-5. Savita went 18-5 this season.

In the No. 3 doubles slot, seniors Jaci Greeno and Shivangi Bhakta won their match 8-2. Greeno finished her senior season with a perfect 7-0 record while Bhakta went 16-2.

The final standings and playoff seedings are expected to be posted later today.

The boy’s team also finished their season with an easy win on Tuesday, taking down Buckeye Union 8-1.

While the Knights (9-6) will not qualify for the state playoffs, they did finish the season on a strong note, winning their final five matches of the season.

Head coach Jeremy Wojcicki is optimistic about the potential of next year’s team.

“I’m absolutely excited for what we have coming back next year,” said Wojcicki. “It looks really promising for next year and I think we can battle for a section championship.”

Just as the girls’ team did on Tuesday, the boys’ team also played eight-game pro sets.

In their win over the Hawks, Lake Havasu swept its six singles matches.

Sophomore No. 1 Hayden Bekkedahl and senior No. 2 Chase Nobbe each won their singles matches 8-0.

Senior No. 3 Paul Baca, sophomore No. 4 Troy Anderson and sophomore No. 5 Gavin Lintz all won their matches by identical 8-2 scores.

Seeing his first action at the varsity level, freshman Mason Sain won his match 8-6.

In doubles, Bekkedahl and sophomore Trent Dreisbach won their match 8-1 in the No. 1 slot.

Bekkedahl finished the season with an individual record of 18-12, while Dreisbach went 15-8.

Nobbe and senior Jason Casado won 8-6 in the No. 2 slot for Lake Havasu.

Nobbe went 17-11 this season, while Casado finished at 16-10.

In the No. 3 flight, sophomores Ryan Myers and Ethan Cardiel saw their first action in varsity this season but lost their match 8-6.