The Warrior volleyball team ripped out a huge thorn in its side Wednesday when it swept Yerington on the road.
"Yerington beat them in the state finals the last two years in a row and has been a stumbling block for them in the past," team mom Suzanne Harris said in e-mail. "Beating them in three in their gym full of fans was unbelievably exciting for our team."
Game one opened with some jitters from both sides as the teams exchanged errors to 3-3. Both teams settled down by the time the score hit 10-10 and neither side held a lead larger than one point until the final minutes. Yerington went ahead 23-22 before the Warriors shut them down with three in a row to pull out a 25-23 win.
Yerington pulled ahead early in game two with a 10-6 lead. The Warriors fought back to 11-10, before Yerington pulled ahead once again to 16-11. Amanda Harris then served up five points to tie the game at 16-16. Sister Emily Harris did the same minutes later, with five service points in a row ending on an ace to capture a 25-20 win.
The final game was all Whittell. The Warriors used their momentum to grab the first point and they never trailed after that. Yerington pulled even a couple of times, but 4-4 was the last tie score before Whittell eventually shut it down at 25-16.
"It was probably our best team performance so far this year," coach Nate Byrne said. "I don't think we beat them at any time in the past two years."
The win was a credit to good serving and the Warriors' impressive game in the backcourt. Libero Katie Besson led the charge digging balls and letting almost nothing hit the floor, Harris said. Amanda, Emily and Collete Craig kept the court relatively kill-free along with Besson.
"We dug pretty much everything they hit at us," Byrne said. "But (the win) was a bit of everything. Everyone got involved."
The Harris twins of course brought their kill game to the net along with Tori Jimenez, who sliced some incredible hits from tricky angles. Zoe Bertz and Serena Libert recorded key blocks to complete the effort.
"I can say that Yerington did not lose this game," Harris said in e-mail. "They played well, but Whittell took it from them."
The Warriors' next home game is Wednesday against Incline at 6 p.m.