Carson sweeps South Tahoe
Not a lot separates the top five teams in the Northern Nevada 4A Division II volleyball race. But the outcome of any given match is going to be all-too-predictable when one team has an off night and another is on its game.
That was exactly the case Thursday night when the Carson High School volleyball team swept past South Tahoe during a matchup between playoff challengers at Morse Burley Gymnasium. The host Senators won in three straight sets, 15-10, 15-4, 15-1.
In the process, Carson improved its Division II record to 5-1 and stayed in the thick of the hunt for first-place. Douglas, Fallon, Reno and the Senators were all even with one loss apiece coming into Thursday’s play. And South Tahoe is right behind, even after the Vikings saw their record slip to 4-3.
For Carson, it was a far cry from Wednesday’s four-set loss at Reno. The Huskies won that match 15-4, 10-15, 15-9, 16-14.
“I think we picked it up from last night,” senior middle blocker Carrie Ostrander said. “Our team knew what we had to do. We got straight to the point. There was no goofing around, no down time, we just came out and played.”
Ostrander was part of an effective passing game in which five different hitters combined to put down 32 kills. Kaitlin Leck led the parade with 10, Alyson Thurman and Erin Menath had eight each, Jennifer Saunders four and Ostrander two. Setter Davina Carter handed out 31 assists. Thurman, Ostrander and Saunders also combined on 11 blocks.
The 1998 zone tournament champion Vikings were coming off an important win Tuesday at home against Douglas. However, they didn’t play at the same level this time, according to coach Gary Hankoff.
“They didn’t come to play tonight,” Hankoff said. “They’ve been getting better every game, but not this one.”
The South Tahoe coach went on to pay Carson a complement.
“This team is far and away the best team we’ve played,” Hankoff said. “Everything seemed to click. They played well together, play played good defense and they passed the ball well. Their execution was just good all the way around.”
South Tahoe entertains Fallon in another big match Tuesday.
Vikings roll over Hawks
South Tahoe’s girls dominated Hug High’s Hawks on Thursday, rolling over their guests 20 1/2 – 2.
Seniors Nicole Reneer and Jenny Olson were perfect on the day in singles. Reneer was 3-0 with wins of 6-1, 6-0 and 6-2, and Olson was 2-0 on Thursday with a pair of wins, 6-1 and 6-0. Jenna Wilford also added a win for the Vikings.
In doubles, the teams of Lauren Stevens and Nikki Moore, and Lisa Borges and Shauna Hixenbaugh each picked up two wins. Stevens and Moore had a pair of 6-0 wins, and Borges and Hixenbaugh had a 6-0 victory and a win by default.
South Tahoe’s victory margin allowed the Vikings to bring new players into the mix, and the team responded. The team of Samantha Crosson and Kirsten Kirkland picked up a win, as did the team of Aeriel Hubbell and Kate McConnell. Saleen Hancock and Carla Jett-Pearce won a doubles match, and Andrea Nobile won a singles match.
“The girls are continuing to work hard at practice, and are looking forward to their next two competitive matches,” said coach Kathy Wharton, who is running the team in the absence of head coach Tom Barnes.
Vikings on pace for zone finishes
While one freshman provided South Tahoe’s golf team with a pleasant surprise Thursday, the rest of the Vikings stayed on pace.
South Tahoe’s girls traveled to Eagle Valley, and freshman Adrienne Crist was the team’s top golfer, shooting a 88 to tie with three other players for 10th out of the 76-member field.
Junior Misty Butts and freshman Kalotina Monos stayed on pace for a zone tournament appearance. Butts shot a 93 to finish second for South Tahoe, and Monos followed in third as the Viking team finished ninth overall.
The team resumes play with its home meet Sept. 29 at the Lake Tahoe Golf Club. The event begins with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start.
Young Warriors make golfing progress
Whittell’s girls continued to make progress on the golf course, taking fifth in their own tournament Wednesday at Eagle Valley Golf Club.
“It turned out all right,” said Whittell head coach Brian Rippet.
“They’re really improving, which is nice,” Rippet said. “Even when we’re on the range, we can see a larger percentage of their shots are good ones.”
Whittell’s young team finished just four strokes behind Dayton. Incline won the match. Incline and Manogue are emerging as the league’s top two powers, with depth and experience, while Whittell still is developing, with no seniors and no players who have played with the team more than one year.
Tara Hordzwick led Whittell, finishing eighth overall with a 55 over nine holes. Dani Muir, Whittell’s second player, shot her first par, and had a 64 for the nine-hole round. Rachel Rey had a 66 in Whittell’s third slot.
The Warriors resume their schedule Sept. 30. The girls tee off at 11 a.m. at the mountain course at Incline.
– Tribune reporter Dan Thomas contributed to this story
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