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Warriors celebrate another league title

Steve Yingling

There were plenty of question marks entering Whittell High’s volleyball season: A new coach, and the school sent its third player in two years to an NCAA Division I school after last season.

But the Warriors are back in a familiar position as the regular season draws to an end. Whittell and new coach Tony Fathergill kept their string of Northern 2A League titles going by clinching first place with a three-game sweep of Incline on Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.

Lauren Andrew had 15 kills and 12 digs, and Darby Reeder made 21 digs as the Warriors defeated their rivals, 25-9, 25-23, 25-23.

Whittell raised its league record to 10-1 with a final home match remaining against Hawthorne on Saturday. On Friday, the Warriors (17-11) will play at Dayton in a nonleague match.

“They keep bringing it. It’s a complete team effort,” Fathergill said. “We were down in games two and three, and they showed a ton of heart.”

The Highlanders led the second game by five points and game three by six points, but Whittell caught Incline at 19 in each game and then took command from there.

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Fathergill also was pleased with the ball control of Lupe Martinez and well-timed kills provided by Emily Scherer.

Sierra Division volleyball wins have been elusive for South Tahoe, but the Vikings haven’t been the pushover that their record suggests.

Six points were all that separated South Tahoe and Galena on Tuesday night in Reno, but the Grizzlies got credit with the victory, 25-23, 25-23, 27-25. For the Vikings, Rachel Kaufer had 10 kills, Caroline Baghdikian made five blocks and Chelsea Madsen delivered two aces.

South Tahoe dropped to 1-10 in the division and 10-11 overall, while Galena improved to 4-6 in division and 12-15 overall.