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North Tahoe throws a scare into Warriors

Paul Andrew

ZEPHYR COVE – On a night honoring five seniors playing their last regular season game for Whittell, the Warriors won a hard fought nonleague battle against the visiting North Tahoe Lakers 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-9.

North Tahoe (14-5), forced Whittell into a fourth game, a rarity this year at the Zephyr Cove school.

Seniors Katie Komorowski, Meri Johnson, Sarah Ingenluyff, Christina Richardson and Katrina Kacirek were joined by their parents in an emotional pre-game ceremony in which the girls reflected on their successful volleyball careers at Whittell.

Playing without star Jessica Woods, who was suffering from a calf injury, the Warriors (27-7) were in for a battle against the determined Lakers.

“The kids really stepped up with Jessica out,” said coach Dan McLaughlin. “North Tahoe is a well coached team that runs a good offense.”

The Lakers kept the first game close, exchanging points with Whittell, until the Warriors pulled away with a 25-17 victory. Kelly Karmann, who finished with three aces, served consistently, and Katrina’s net play gave Whittell the victory.

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In game two, the resilient Lakers jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead before Komorowski began dominating at the net. The lead changed hands numerous times before North Tahoe won the hard fought battle 25-23.

Whittell began the third game with some uncommon mistakes as the Lakers jumped out to a 5-2 lead. Ingenluyff showed quickness at the net and strong defense by Megan Esquivel got Whittell back into the game.

After several ties, Katrina took over with seven straight service points to give the Warriors the third game victory, 25-15.

By the fourth game, the Whittell machine began to hit on all cylinders. After being down 4-1, the Warriors reeled off 17 straight points behind Jordan Reeder and cruised to a 25-9 win.

Karmann finished nine kills, 10 service points, two blocks and 12 digs, Kacirek eight kills, 10 service points, four aces and 15 digs, Richardson four kills, three service points and 10 digs.

“With Jessica out, arguably the best player in the state, our the rest of the team had to step up,” McLaughlin said. “We really played as a team tonight.”

With the Northern 2A Regional Tournament this Saturday at Whittell, the Warriors are poised to make a run at their third straight state championship. The Warriors play the semifinal game at noon against Silver Stage, with the championship game scheduled for 4 p.m.

JV team ends with victory

The Whittell junior varsity volleyball team ended its season with a victory over the North Tahoe Lakers on Tuesday night in Zephyr Cove.

The Warriors, who finished the season 15-4, swept the Lakers 25-19, 25-23.