South Shore players make successful volleyball club |

South Shore players make successful volleyball club

Tribune reports

South Shore and North Shore volleyball players are doing their part to keep the Carson City Volleyball Club as one of the top clubs in the country.

Thirteen South Shore and six North Tahoe girls are playing with the Capital City Volleyball Club during the 2003 season.

The Capital City 17s team finished third in the nation at the 2002 United States Junior Olympic National Championships, the highest a Nevada team has ever finished in that event.

All six graduating seniors on this year’s 18-Gold team have received college scholarships. South Shore is one of the leading contributors to the club’s talent pool. Additional players come from Lovelock, Fallon, Coleville, Dayton, Reno, Carson City and Douglas.

The Capital City Club is comprised of six teams: 18s (juniors and seniors), 16s (sophomores), 15s (freshmen) and 14s (middle school).

Club Director and 18s/15s coach Steve George said the South Shore area is loaded with lots of talented athletes who certainly have the ability to reach the level achieved by the club’s top team.

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“I think the high schools in the South Shore area are loaded with great young talent,” George said. “I would expect Whittell and South Tahoe to be two of the top high school teams in the state in their respective divisions over the next few years.”

George said he believes the Northern Nevada area, in general, is ready to explode as a national power in the sport of volleyball.

“The talent is definitely here to become a real force in volleyball on the national level,” he said.

George has coached four teams to national championships and has helped more than 200 girls realize college scholarships in his 20-plus year coaching career.

He was also an assistant coach with NCAA champion USC in 1981 and coached at Arizona State, South Florida University and UC Santa Barbara. His club teams have produced more than 25 All-Americans, including nine setters, several of whom went on to play on the U.S. Olympic team.

The South Shore players competing with Capital City are Tina Hordzwick, Jackie Marino, Meri Johnson and Christina Richardson and Rikki Barron from Whittell High School; Jessica Woods, Kelly Karman, Ashley Amaral and Jordan Reeder from Kingsbury Middle School; Shaylene McLaughlin and Christina Baghdikian from South Tahoe Middle School; Corral Warren and Katherine Garrett from St. Theresa’s; Teal Ericson, Rachelle Ericson and Kelly LeFevers from North Tahoe High School and Kelsey Hyche; and Kimberly Moore and Erin Schreiber from North Tahoe Middle School.

“There are a lot of standout kids in the area and the coaching staff has a lot of Tahoe presence,” said Whittell High coach Dan McLaughlin, who also is a coach with Capital City. “The club is exceeding successful so it draws players.”

Besides McLaughlin, the 2000 Nevada 2A Coach of the Year, other Capital City coaches include Gary Evett, head coach of Churchill County High School in Fallon, the 2003 Nevada 4A state runner-up; Ted Martinez, head coach at Virginia City High School; Allen David Ka`Auwai, assistant coach at South Tahoe High School; Mike Williams, assistant coach at Whittell High School; Monica Thomas, JV coach at Dayton High School; Joey Basa; and Nathan Hallet.

Players practice twice during the week and sometimes on weekends.

For more information about the Capital City Volleyball Club, which still has openings for sixth- through 10th-graders, call George at (775) 721-9849 or McLaughlin at (530) 544-2538.

Notes: The club’s 18s team is in Tampa, Fla., this weekend attempting to qualify for nationals. The club’s five other teams will compete in the Pac West Classic Saturday and Sunday in Stockton, Calif.