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Douglas spanks Vikings

Michael Traum

Twos of all kinds were wild on Thursday night at South Tahoe High.

Two – times that Douglas (13-0) has beaten South Tahoe (11-2) this season in volleyball, following a 15-5, 16-14, 15-6 thrashing.

A pair – of inept Viking serves at game point in game No. 2, efforts that didn’t even clear the net and ultimately personified South Tahoe’s night.



Too – many postgame comments by Douglas coach Jennifer DeJoseph following the Tahoe-Douglas match on Sept. 22, words which led the coach to refuse to talk after Thursday’s win.

Two – facets of Tahoe’s game, passing and defense, that forced the Vikes to scramble instead of execute all night.



It all added up to an unexpectedly lopsided Douglas win.

“I think we kind of did ourselves in. These girls were so high-strung and wound up before the game. They were out there screaming and yelling at each other like it was a football game,” said Tahoe coach Gary Hankoff. “They were trying to get themselves pumped up. It’s not a matter of being pumped up. We play with a lot of enthusiasm and work on things like talking. We do a lot of that in practice so that they’re used to that. Mentally, they just weren’t prepared.”

DeJoseph was pleased with her team’s effort, gathering them in a tight circle on the gymnasium floor following the win. But the coach refused to talk about the game and denied her players the opportunity to comment when the group broke up.

After the first meeting, a Douglas win in five tough games, DeJoseph had said, “Tahoe honestly has just one player they are going to every time. If you can get points when Adrian (Hankoff) is in the back row, you’ll do fine. They don’t have a lot of strength in other positions.”

This time, her thoughts were equally reflective.

“It really works against me when I talk to the press,” she said before turning her back and refusing further comment.

The Vikings had set out to prove DeJoseph and the Tigers wrong. And the distribution of action was more even. After posting a game-high 47 kills in the first meeting, Tahoe’s Adrian Hankoff tallied just 19 kills and two blocks, while Chantelle Young had eight and Courtney Wilson added seven. Alisha Lambert tossed 25 assists.

But it still wasn’t enough to overcome the Tigers’ balanced attack. While DeJospeh wouldn’t provide any Douglas statistics, hitter Lulu Sewell and setter Kaycee Green delivered the brunt of the damage.

“Our passing and defense didn’t exist. When we got a good pass, Douglas literally couldn’t stop us,” Hankoff said. “These guys tend to think about things too much. I tell them to think about their own game and things will fall into place. We’ve definitely got a lot of things to work on.”

Hankoff went on to say that he thought the loss, which he deemed embarrassing, might help his Vikings regroup for a potential zone tournament rematch.

“It’s not like we didn’t hand it to them on a platter. Douglas didn’t do anything to us. We handed them the game,” he said. “We were intimidated for sure. Douglas is Douglas. I was thinking this game was going to go the other way, that it was going to be a total blowout. It didn’t go our way at all. Douglas is much improved in their defense over the last time we played them. Maybe this will work in our favor.”

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