Whittell demolishes Lakers in league volleyball opener
Whittell High’s volleyball barely worked up a sweat in sweeping the North Tahoe Lakers in a Northern 2A League opener Tuesday night in Tahoe City.
The Warriors won 25-10, 25-6 and 25-14, as coach Tony Fathergill was able to give more playing time to his bench.
“We were definitely running on all cylinders tonight and ready to take care of our league teams. Our pressure took them completely out of the match,” Fathergill said. “It was nice to get some of the other players more time and try them at different positions. All of the seniors are getting the job done.”
Fathergill was also impressed with the contributions of Nina Jimenez and Rachel Laub.
Whittell (10-7) will travel to Lovelock on Friday and Battle Mountain on Saturday for league matches.
Fallon tips STHS in Sierra League match
After a one-sided first game, the South Tahoe High volleyball went to work against the Fallon Greenwave on Tuesday night.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, their unified effort wasn’t enough in a 25-13, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-20 Sierra League loss in South Lake Tahoe.
“We started out weak on defense,” said STHS coach Meghan Reid. “(Fallon) had some tricks that gave more points to them. They were tipping to the middle over the blocks that got us, and they put a lot of balls in the deep corner that were really tough to get.”
For STHS, Kelsey Henderson led the Vikings with seven blocks, and other team leaders were “Mel” Sabac with 12 digs, Kendall Madsen with 10 kills and Rachel Kaufer with three aces.
The Vikings came into Tuesday’s match following five victories and a third-place finish Saturday in a Folsom tournament.
South Tahoe will play at Douglas on Thursday.
Vikings whip Mustangs, wind
A 50-60 mph wind played havoc with the South Tahoe-Damonte Ranch girls’ soccer match on Tuesday, but it was the Vikings who adjusted and won 5-1 in Reno.
“The wind was relentless in the first half, and it was hard for either team to gain any control,” said STHS coach Clint Lockhart.
South Tahoe jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Shelbi Spicer in the fiftth minute and by Cassandra Diaz in the 13th minute. Marisol Lizaola set up Spicer with a well-timed through ball, and Natalie Flynn set up Diaz with a cross. But the Mustangs scored five minutes before halftime and nearly delivered the equalizer except for a spectular save by “Mickey” Segers.
“It hit the crossbar and bounced out and another forward sent a shot to the upper corner. ‘Mickey” sprawled out and made a one-hand save,” Lockhart said. “Her reaction time was fantastic. It helped us preserve the lead at halftime and gave us some much-needed confidence.”
South Tahoe controlled the second half with some more defense. Defenders Erika Cook, Ashley Killeen, Willow Nelson and Kristin Riegel and Janet Campuzano blanketed the Mustangs’ offense over the final 40 minutes.
The Vikings padded their lead with two goals by Spicer, who finished with a hat trick, and Diaz. Flynn and Lizaola collected their second assists of the match.
“It’s a big win. It keeps us in fourth place,” Lockhart said of a tie with Manogue at 3-2-1 for the final playoff spot. “I think we’re starting to come together as a team, and we played our first complete game.”
South Tahoe lost to Douglas 3-0 on Saturday. To read about this match, go to tahoedailytribune.com. The Vikings play host to Carson on Saturday.
JVs roll to 6-0 league record
South Tahoe’s junior varsity girls’ soccer team remained undefeated in the Sierra League on Tuesday with a 9-0 pasting of the Damonte Ranch Mustangs.
The Vikings scored twice in the first six minutes to take control. Brittany Sanchez found the back of the net from 10 yards out in the sixth minute and Shannon Colleton followed up with a 15-yard shot in the sixth minute.
South Tahoe took a 3-0 into halftime on a 20-yard blast by Moriah “Velveeta” Valdivia.
STHS junior varsity coach Bill Spicer said the defense of Taylor Embry, Annie Kate Genasci, Janelle Buts, Mikayla Buckley, Maddie Brubaker and Melanie Grady contained the Mustangs’ attack.
Like they did in the first half, the Vikings struck almost immediately in the second. Brianna Carroll took one in unassisted in the 42nd minute and in the 60th minute, Jordyn Dobson, who had just been substituted out of goal, scored from 23 yards out for a 5-0 STHS lead. Five minutes later, Dobson set up Sanchez’s second goal on a corner kick.
In the final 15 minutes of action, the Vikings added three more goals. Alisa Caro scored from 25 yards out; Annie Kate Genasci made her patented run from defense, dribbling through the Mustangs and netted a goal from six yards; and Valdivia crossed to an open Larissa Angelocci to complete the scoring.
Keepers Dobson and Alyssa Lowe combined on the shutout.
STHS plays host to Carson on Saturday morning at 9.
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