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Good start for Warriors, Vikings at state

Steve Yingling

Whittell and South Tahoe high schools opened their respective state volleyball tournaments on Thursday like they mean business.

The Warriors put away Virgin Valley 15-13, 15-11 in their NIAA/U.S. Bank 3A state opener, while the Vikings picked up where they left off at zone by subduing Cimarron-Memorial 15-10, 15-4 in the 4A state tournament at Galena High in Reno.

Everybody got into the act as Whittell advanced in its double-elimination bracket. Erin Zaskoda had eight kills, 10 service points and three aces; Karin Kaleta contributed nine kills, eight service points, three aces and two blocks; Shannon McGlothlin collected six kills, three service points and two blocks; and Aurora Terry and Sara Sufka combined for four kills and six service points.



“It was the solid all-around defensive play keyed by Erin and Aurora that allowed us to beat Virgin Valley,” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin. “They’re better than any team we’ve played this season except for Hawthorne. They had precision passing and a very solid offensive attack, but we wore them down with consistency and a solid defensive performance.”

Whittell (27-12), one of four undefeated teams remaining in the double-elimination tournament, plays Boulder City at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Another win sends the Warriors into a 4:30 p.m. match, while a defeat means no rest and a 2 p.m. match and then possibly a 6 p.m. match in the loser’s bracket.



Meanwhile, the Vikings, who won last week’s Northern Nevada zone championship without dropping a game, struggled with their hitting but made up for it with superior defense and passing.

“There was never any doubt they were going to win. They are playing with a ton of confidence right now,” said Viking coach Gary Hankoff. “It was a good way to start the tournament and we can move up from here.”

Hankoff blamed the poor hitting performance on a limited warm-up session.

“We tried to get down there sooner but got there an hour before the match. You need to get there in enough time to get the blood pumping,” he said.

Adrian Hankoff, Courtney Wilson and Melissa Maxwell carried the Viking attack with seven, six and five kills, respectively. Hankoff and Wilson also made seven digs.

STHS’s fifth straight postseason win without losing a game means the Vikings will play a familiar foe in Fallon at 11 a.m. Friday. If the Vikings secure their third win in four matches against Fallon, they’ll advance to a pivotal 4:30 p.m. match against Douglas or Silverado. A Fallon victory would drop STHS into the loser’s bracket and a 3:15 p.m. match.

Other 4A winners on Thursday were Douglas, Fallon and Silverado.

The three-day tournaments conclude on Saturday. The 4A finals are scheduled for 2 p.m. and the 3A finals will follow at 4 p.m.

Neither team got on a roll, we seemed to be able to make the big plays when we had to.

Play Boulder City, No. 3 team, beat Spring Creek 15-7, 15-6.

I feel very confident what we have going into that match, because we palyed our best game by far we really paleyd solid the entire match.

Erin Zaskoda eight kills, 10 service points, three aces, block

Karin Kaleta nine kills, eight service, three aces, two blocks

Sarah Sufka, tw kills, three service points and two blcoks

shannon McGlothlin 6 kills, three ser points, two blcos

aurora terry two kills and three service points, very soldi defense

solid all-aroudn playdef keyed by erin by aurora and allowed us to beat viv they constantly got to every ball.

jaha

530-225-4714, Craig Thompson

Atherton broke leg couple weeks ago

if can’t stop couple of their good hitters you’re going ot be in trouble. Green valley went in blind and tried to play own game, if try do that against fallon you’ll be in trouble.

Against Fallon 2-1 this year.

11 a.m. match with Fallon

IF VIKINGS beat Fallon winner Douglas-Silverado, 4:30 p.m.

If lose to Fallon, would play 3:15 and would be playing winner of loser’s bracket match.

If anyone can be

ahem we sure be em. Douglas beat Bishop Gorman

We were little bit asleep

South Tahoe beat Cimarron-Memorial, 15-10, 15-4

first game went way ahead, didnt do antyhing get way ahed of them. they able to pull it off.

We coudln’t get any kind of hitting rhtym going, and we passed well.

teams from sou; play best defense.

teams from south are real scrappy, it’s not pretty.

cimarron we’re digging balls liek crazy and digging all of adrians hits.

try to get down their sooner.

an hour before the match not enought time before mornign match, you need to get there in eough time to get blood pumping.

there was never any doutb they were going to win. they are playing with a ton of confidence right now.

HItting, Adrian 7 kills, courtney Wilson 6 kills, she gave up lot of momentum todya, she cam eup with lot of key blocks and key hits. four blocks; Adrian and Courtney had seven digs. Sadie Sadrian 18 assists.

Adrian wasnt part on, other girls steped up. Melissa Maxwell, five kills, she is great player, passed really well, five digs.

it was a good way to start the tournament, we can move up from here. it has a good feeling, just like a zone. against lowry weren’t thrilled with perfomrac against lowry, not look ahead to next match.

wer’e no 1 seed so everyonoe is gunning for us. know fact fallong and douglas def want to come after us.

none teams of south are playing with lot of confidence.

north teams rooting for noth.

Silverado beat McQueen.

No. 1 from south.

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