Finishing touch to Fore’s volleyball victory |

Finishing touch to Fore’s volleyball victory

Steve Yingling

Ten or 20 years from now Becca Fore should smile when recalling her final home volleyball match at Whittell High School.

Fore was her usual dominant self as the lone Whittell senior volleyball player smashed 24 kills and made two blocks in the Warriors’ three-game sweep of Lovelock on Saturday in Zephyr Cove. Karin Kaleta delivered eight blocks as the Warriors won 18-6, 15-3, 15-1.

“It was a nice conclusion. Everyone knew it was my last game and they wanted me to go out strong, so I got a lot of sets,” said the four-year varsity member.

Whittell finished 9-3 in Nevada 3A Division II and 12-4 overall. The Warriors meet Manogue in the opening round of the double-elimination division tournament Saturday at Mineral County High in Hawthorne.

Warrior coach Dan McLaughlin certainly was appreciative of Fore’s finale.

“Like all great players she wanted to show (her greatness) to the home fans, and she did,” McLaughlin said. “She wanted to establish the fact she is a great player, so we let her swing away. She responded with a terrific game.”

Fore and Kaleta didn’t have to deliver the victory alone. Erin Zaskoda had 17 service points, including seven aces, four kills and two blocks.

“Erin is very much a strong all-round player. Her and Rebecca are like clones, and those two are responsible for making a big play when one needs to be made,” McLaughlin said.

The development of the underclassmen has taken some pressure off Fore.

“At the beginning of the season I felt I had to do a lot, but I don’t feel that way anymore. Everyone is playing an all-around game,” said Fore, who aims to play volleyball at Wake Forest next fall.

Stats weren’t available, but Sarah Sufka was responsible for setting many of Whittell’s points.

Zaskoda, a sophomore, and Fore also figured prominently in Whittell’s come-from-behind victory over Yerington on Thursday in Yerington. Fore had 24 kills and three blocks while Zaskoda supplied seven kills, three aces and two blocks in the 10-15, 15-9, 13-15, 15-6, 15-12 triumph.

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