PREP TENNIS: Miners top Rio Linda Knights for 4th straight win |

PREP TENNIS: Miners top Rio Linda Knights for 4th straight win

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Nevada Union’s tennis team traveled to Rio Linda Thursday for their final road contest of the season.

The young Miners notched their fourth consecutive Foothill Valley League victory, earning a decisive 7-2 win over the Knights from Rio Linda.

NU’s leader, junior Kaid Reischman, set the tone with a workmanlike 6-3, 6-3 performance at No. 1 singles. The team captain, Reischman won his sixth match of the season.

The days most exciting matchup was at No. 2 as freshman Preston Reischman turned in another clutch performance. Down 3-6, Reischman came back at 6-2, and then dominated the tiebreaker 10-1. It gave him five straight wins as the No. 2 seed.

Freshman Nikita Khrypin played solid tennis once again at the No. 3 spot, claiming two straight 6-2 sets. His teammate at No. 4, freshman Max Wright nabbed his fifth win his rookie year 6-1, 6-2.

The No. 5 and 6 singles players both lost close tiebreakers. Junior Kelly Muir at five had to rebound back from 5-7 to even his match 6-4 before falling. Freshman No. 6 Blake Yamauchi trailed 3-6 in the first set, but tied the score 6-3 in the second. He fought to a 4-10 tiebreak loss despite a strong effort.

Nevada Union’s two doubles team turned in impressive outings. The No. 1 double duo of juniors Will Weiss-Prezsler and Tal Vinitsky swept a 6-1, 6-2 matchup. At No. 2 doubles, Dane Lafrancoise and sophomore Kieran Haupt triumphed 6-1, 6-0.

Head coach Dave Graham’s young varsity team now sports a 4-5 record in league, placing them in the middle of the FVL standings. The team has no seniors and the future looks bright.

“We have one final home match against Ponderosa, and prepare for league singles and double tournaments in two weeks. We’re definitely coming together as a team,” Graham said.

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