Round one this year went to South Tahoe, and with it the volleyball girls snapped a nine-year losing streak to Whittell.
"They came out firing on all cylinders to prove they are once again for real," South Tahoe coach Dan McLaughlin said. "The Warriors have been in the state tournaments 19 times in the past 20 years and this year will be no exception. It's a talented team, but the Vikings overcame it."
The crosstown match is always competitive and this year was no exception, well except for the ending. The Vikings captured the first three games 25-17, 25-23 and 25-18. The win improves the Vikings to 6-3 as they continue their postseason quest.
Middle hitter Drew Norberg led the Vikings charge with 14 kills, four aces and two blocks. Ride side Morgan Kraufer wasn't far behind, contributing 13 kills and three aces. Setter Raquel Marchesseault had a huge game with 30 assists, one ace and four kills.
"It was a very strong performance from her as a setter," McLauglin said.
Middle hitter Emily Gardner put up two blocks and one kill. Kaila Griffis came through with one block and two kids.
The South Tahoe versus Whittell match started nine years ago and always draws a large crowd.
"It was started by Gary Hankoff and I because we had two of the best high school programs in Nevada and wanted South Shore to see both at the same time," McLaughlin said in email. "It became a rivalry that used to sell out both gyms and last game attracted the largest volleyball crowd of the year."
The two teams will meet for round two at Whittell High School on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.
South Tahoe plays in Incline today and hosts North Tahoe Friday. Whittell hosts Sparks Friday.