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Hankoff, Devore have killer games

Steve Yingling

South Tahoe High’s volleyball team showed its character, rebounding from a two games to one deficit to beat Reno in a Northern Nevada League match on Thursday night in South Lake Tahoe.

Unbeaten STHS (5-0) won the marathon match by scores of 13-15, 15-8, 13-15, 15-4 and 15-9.

Vikings’ Andrian Hankoff and Kate Devore dominated the match with 35 and 25 kills, respectively. Hankoff also was tough away from the net, collecting 22 service points and six blocks. Devore had five blocks.

“That’s the best I’ve hit all year. I was pretty much in a rhythm, and Alicia (Lambert) had some pretty good sets,” said Hankoff, a junior, who overcame several early hits into the net. “Not every single one was a kill, but I thought I hit very well.”

The match was the first real test for the Vikings, who had been sweeping previous opponents.

“It’s a great win. Everyone on the team knows we could have played better, but I think we’ll be fired up for Douglas on Tuesday. Some of the other teams put us asleep for a while,” said Viking coach Alan Lambert.

Strong serving by the Vikings in the final two games ruined Reno’s upset plans.

“We just got all of our serves in and Reno kind of fell apart. They held back a little because they thought they were going to win and we took advantage of that,” Hankoff said.

On Tuesday, South Tahoe plays host to a solid Douglas squad, a match Hankoff thinks the Vikings are very capable of winning.

“We’ve beaten Douglas before, so if we get fired up enough and prepare (we can beat them),” she said.

Reno’s losing streak to the South Tahoe High girls tennis team didn’t last long.

The Vikings, who handed the Huskies a rare Northern Nevada League defeat a year ago, dropped a 19-3 decision to Reno on Thursday in South Lake Tahoe.

“They have a strong team that is gonna be a factor in this league for some time to come,” said Viking coach Scott Chaplin.

South Tahoe, 4-2, received two singles victories by Brooke Shively and a singles win by senior Jan Goethals, who played one match despite being sick.

The Vikings will try to end a two-match losing streak when it travels to Hug on Tuesday.

“We’ve excited about the second half of the season, and we’re still looking to qualify for zone,” Chaplin said.

For the second consecutive match, South Tahoe High’s boys tennis didn’t score a point, but the young squad isn’t about to give up.

“All the matches are pretty close, but they’re just a little bit better than us and a little more experienced, so they end up winning them all,” said Viking coach Pat Fagen, whose club lost 22-0 to Reno on Thursday in Reno. “We’ve played all the tough teams on the road, so it’s only going to get better from here, hopefully.”

The Vikings host Hug on Tuesday.


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