WHS volleyball wins three straight
The Warriors had a three game stretch this past week, playing Virginia City on Wednesday, North Tahoe on Thursday and Yerington on Friday, and it was a good week for them as they beat North Tahoe and Virginia City.
On Wednesday Whittell (5-6 overall, 1-0 League) won in three games, 25-12, 25-4, 25-9. They were led by Darby Reeder, who had eight kills, nine assist and nine digs. Megan Mize had nine kills and Katie Besson had nine digs to go along with her one assist.
“We were a better team than Virginia City and we went out and played fundamental volleyball,” said head coach Nate Byrne. “I was able to get my sophomores in for most of the game, which is really good so I can see how they step up, and they did really well.”
The coach said that his team didn’t have a serving error in the game, and played well all around.
“We passed the ball well and statistically we had the best hitting night,” Byrne said. “We didn’t beat ourselves, which is something we’ve been working on.”
On Thursday, the Warriors faced a little stiffer competition in their league match against North Tahoe. They won in four games, winning the first two 25-9, 25-15, lost the third 25-18, and won the third 25-20. Byrne said his team didn’t play their best match, but was able to play their way out of trouble and earn a win.
Whittell was led by Reeder who had four kills, one block and two assist. Nina Jimanez had four assists. Colette Craig had three assist.
“We started out very strong… then we started to make a lot of silly errors, especially in the third game,” he said, but noted his team was able to bounce back from the third game. “That’s something we preach, if you get down you just keep playing the game.
“And that’s something North Tahoe taught us.”
The lady Warriors faced Pershing County High School on Friday. The Warriors won in five games, losing the first two 25-19 and 25-20, but won the next three 27-25, 25-17, 15-12. Things looked dim for Whittell in the third game as they were down 24-21 but fought back.
“We won because of sheer determination,” Byrne said.
A version of this story in the print edition incorrectly said that WHS had beat Yerington on Friday, when they actually beat Pershing County High School out of Lovelock. Whittell will play Yerington next Friday.