Capital City club does Nevada proud
By Steve Yingling
Tribune sports editor
For years, Whittell High volleyball coach Dan McLaughlin has been telling anyone who would listen that Northern Nevada is a proven volleyball ground.
McLaughlin got his confirmation last week when his team of Northern Nevada standouts – the Capital City Volleyball Club – placed eighth out of 97 teams at the Volleyball Festival in Reno.
“This is the largest sporting event for women in the world, second only to the Olympics in the number of participants,” McLaughlin said. “What this team accomplished was quite extraordinary. We definitely played against some of the top teams nationwide.”
McLaughlin said he looked back through tournament records since 1998 and couldn’t find another Nevada team finishing higher than eighth. The tournament started in 1983, but records weren’t kept until 1998.
More than 10,000 females ages 12 to 18 played in the weeklong national tournaments that necessitated a number of facilities, including the Reno-Tahoe Convention Center, The Pavilion, the Reno Events Center and Reno Hilton.
Competing in the 17s division, Capital City compiled a 12-3 record with No. 2-rated South Bay, No. 7 Colorado Performance and No. 11 Maui Volleyball Club among their victories.
However, losses to Oahu (Hawaii) and Frazier (Detroit) ended Capital City’s tournament run.
Capital City was the first team introduced during opening day ceremonies on June 25.
“It added to the whole atmosphere for these kids,” McLaughlin said. “Add to it that they played a wonderful tournament and all of the college coaches that looked at them, it was a remarkable experience.”
Capital City consists of Whittell players Jessica Woods, Kelly Karmann, Christina Richardson and Sarah Ingenluyff; South Tahoe’s Dana Jensen; and Douglas’ Whitney Estes, Monica Knight, Eric Fitzgerald and Jennifer Baer.
The club won the Pac West tournament in Stockton earlier this year, placed 11th at the Far Westerns and finished 10th in the Bayview tournament for 18-year-olds.
McLaughlin said the players will take a break from club play and hone their skills on the beach at Zephyr Cove prior to the high school seasons. Whittell has won the past two state titles in the Nevada 2A rnks.
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