Hankoff hurt in loss to Reno
South Tahoe’s volleyball team doesn’t want to be known as the Rachel Hankoff show.
Not that they don’t harbor a certain fondness for their leading hitter, but they want to be able to win when she’s not around.
That’s not what happened Thursday when the Huskies delivered the Vikings’ their first 4A Northern Region Sierra League loss in three 14-16, 13-15, 9-15 in Reno.
Hankoff rolled her ankle and went down early in game one and didn’t play the rest of the match.
That seemed to cast a spell on the rest of the team.
South Tahoe led in the first two games 12-7, but couldn’t finish.
“It was our unforced errors that really hurt us … we just made more than they did,” said head coach Gary Hankoff.
Hankoff said Reno was stronger at the net than South Tahoe and that they got the job done when they needed it.
But he firmly believes the Vikings are a better team than the Huskies.
“We killed them the last time we played them,” he said, referring to the Vikings’ 15-6, 15-7, 11-15, 15-4 victory on Sept. 17 against the Huskies at STHS.
Hankoff didn’t plan on playing Cindy Davis because she’s had back problems, but she managed to play through the discomfort, and led the team with 17 digs. She also had 10 kills.
Samantha Taylor also had a double double, with 10 kills and 11 digs.
It wasn’t the same team without Rachel, though, and Hankoff was hoping someone else on the team would step up offensively.
To the coach, however, that didn’t really happen.
“It didn’t seem like anybody wanted it …” he said.
“These girls can play. They all can play. They’re not role players,” he added. “I’d like to see everyone on the team step up and kick butt. “
The Vikings dropped to 4-1 in the 4A Northern Region Sierra League.
Warriors sweep Virginia City
Whittell High continued to use a collective effort in winning its seventh volleyball match in nine tries Thursday in Virginia City.
The Warriors swept the Muckers 15-1, 15-11, 15-11 in the nonleague match as Jessica Rickman and Shelly Zaskoda each made seven kills, Whitney Gielow scored 13 service points (two aces) and Jackie Marino provided 21 assists.
“We are right where we need to be as we continue to improve on the defensive end and cut down our mistakes,” said WHS Dan McLaughlin.
Rickman also blocked three Virginia City attacks and Zaskoda provided five service points, including three aces. Alicia Thorne scored 11 service points.
WHS golfers shaving strokes
Golf is no longer new to a freshmen-dominated Whittell High team as the Warriors’ scores are dropping like interest rates.
The Warriors’ five players improved by an average of 10 strokes during a second match with Incline on Thursday in Incline Village, according to coach Laura Amaral.
Freshman Sarah Angstadt led the Warriors against Incline. Ashleigh Trim, Elise Ehrler, Elisa Seppa and Maria Tracy are also reducing their 18-hole scores.
Next Thursday the Warriors will travel to Battle Mountain.
Vikings blank North Valleys’ netters
South Tahoe’s boys tennis team set out to win its last two matches of the season to maintain a winning record, and so far the team is halfway there.
The boys team skunked North Valleys Thursday 22 1/2 to 0.
But that was no surprise, nor was it much of a challenge.
North Valleys had five tennis players, four of whom teamed up to form two doubles teams.
Boys coach Pat Fagen put Chris Filipko back as the No. one singles player in the first round. He defeat North Valley’s No. 1 seed 6-0.
Garrett Moulton and Mikey Ledesma played North Valley’s No. 1 doubles team and won 6-0.
In round two, South Tahoe’s Marcale Jones played as the No. 1 single and won 6-0.
Moulton and Ledesma continued as the No. 1 doubles team and defeated North Valley’s other doubles team 6-0.
In round three, Jason Schmedes played North Valleys single player and won 6-1.
Brian Stamme and Hans Mayer, Luke Palmieri and Drew Ranking, Clayton Cole and Jamie Moore, and Saraubh Desai and Sean Nelson won their doubles matches.
South Tahoe is back up to .500 at 4-4 in the 4A Northern Region Sierra League.
“We’ve only had one losing season in seven years so we really want to keep that streak going,” Fagen said.
The Vikings host Carson next Thursday in the last match.
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