Clarence Chun can’t remember what he was doing 33 years ago. He probably won’t ever forget what he did Friday.
The eighth-year coach guided Clark’s boys tennis team to its first state championship since 1979 as the Chargers outlasted Truckee 11-7 in the final at Reno Tennis Center.
“It’s a great feeling,” Chun said. “All the guys are elated. We’re just glad we’re able to represent Clark High School and the Southern Region.
“Thirty-three years is a long time. No way do I have any idea what I was doing then.”
Deric Pang, Miko Pasimio and Joseph Maalouf made sure the title didn’t elude the Chargers’ grasp. The three each went 3-0 in singles.
Pang dropped only one game in his three sets. Pasimio lost two games, and Maalouf surrendered eight games.
“The singles played really hard,” Chun said. “It helped us, because it seemed like every round we would get a slight lead. That made our players relax a little.”
Kenny Daniels and Chaitanya Ingle went 2-1 in doubles for Clark (18-1), which won its state-record 10th team crown in boys tennis.
“Our guys stuck together as a team and cheered for each other and helped each other,” Chun said. “That’s what team tennis is all about.”
Aaron Pado and Grayson Forsberg went 3-0 in doubles to lead the Wolverines (10-3).
Frideric Prandecki wasn’t about to leave anything to chance.
The first-year Meadows coach made sure his team did the same things Friday as it did before a 12-0 semifinal win Thursday.
The same breakfast and the same warmup led to almost the same result.
The Mustangs busted out of the gate with a near-golden first round and raced to an 11-1 lead before settling for a 12-6 win over Faith Lutheran in the Division I-A girls title match.
“We had the same exact breakfast as a day earlier. We came out early, just like yesterday,” Prandecki said. “And the girls came out on fire.”
The Mustangs (17-1) dropped only four games en route to grabbing a 6-0 first-round lead. Erika Mauban, Anjali Daulat and Bhavana Janga lost a combined total of one game in singles in the round.
“All of our singles played extremely well,” Prandecki said. “It was just phenomenal.”
Another strong round in singles and near-perfect efforts by the doubles teams of Taler Brazell and Samantha Gondy, and Amanda Brazell and Ava Frazier extended the lead to 11-1 after two rounds, clinching the win.
The Mustangs were 2-0 against the Crusaders in the regular season and beat Faith Lutheran 13-5 in the Southern Region final Oct. 5.
“There was more pressure on us,” said Prandecki, who substituted liberally in the final round. “We had a lot of tight matches with them all season, and we were expected to win.”
Taler Brazell and Gondy finished 3-0 in doubles for the Mustangs. Mauban, Daulat and Janga each went 2-0.
“It’s a great feeling,” Prandecki said. “Everyone wanted to beat us all year. It was all Meadows, Meadows, Meadows. Practices were tough all year, and my girls delivered. As a coach, it’s a dream come true.”
Lexi Cubley and Rachel Young were 2-1 in doubles for Faith Lutheran (17-4).In-depth high school sports coverage