Karmann’s return sparks Whittell
Kelly Karmann couldn’t have picked a better time to return to the Whittell volleyball team. Nursing a sprained ankle since Sept. 11, Karmann gave the Warriors a much-needed boost in wins over Douglas and Silver Stage.
On Friday, Karmann had five kills, five blocks and eight service points in leading Whittell to a 25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-8 victory over the Tigers in Minden. Then on Saturday, her teammate Jessica Woods contributed eight kills in nine swings as the Warriors posted a 25-4, 25-9, 25-15 Northern 2A win over the Nighthawks in Zephyr Cove.
“With Kelly being back, it made a huge difference in these games,” said WHS coach Dan McLaughlin. “Her serve/receive was outstanding and that allows us to become a much better passing team.”
Against 4A Douglas, Woods had 16 kills and four aces, while Kendra Koskin added 10 kills and seven digs. Freshman Lauren Andrew really shined in the fourth game, recording six kills and diverting attention from Woods and Koskin at the net.
Brittany Makara had 13 service points in the win, including eight in the decisive fourth game. Against Silver Stage, Makara had four aces and Andrew three aces, while Koskin added 11 service points and four aces. With Andrew setting most of the match, Jordan Reeder and Makara combined for six kills.
“The match against Silver Stage was not even as close as the score might indicate,” McLaughlin said. “It would’ve been an easy match to start out slow after playing Douglas the night before. But they really responded and our serving basically won it.”
Whittell (14-8 overall, 2-0 league) hosts Truckee tonight at 6 p.m., then hosts Douglas next Saturday in a homecoming match that starts at 10 a.m.
STHS soccer downs Hug
The South Tahoe boys’ soccer team extended its winning streak to five games after a 5-0 Sierra League victory over Hug on Saturday afternoon at South Tahoe Middle School.
Coupled with Carson’s 3-1 win over Reno, the Vikings moved into a three-way first-place Sierra Division tie with the Huskies and Senators at 6-1.
A long-range goal by Osvaldo Lizaola in the fourth minute was all the scoring the Vikings needed. But they added much more offense in the second half.
In the 46th minute, Brian Walker took a rebounded off the post and dribbled it in for a 2-0 STHS lead. Bryan Garcia added the Vikings’ second straight close-range goal in the 60th minute, and five minutes later, Gil Navarro found the net after a scramble inside the box.
STHS completed the scoring in the 78th minute when Navarro followed up Chase Grant’s shot off the post.
“We created good opportunities,” said STHS Chris DeLeon. “Our substitutes contributed nicely and our defense led by Ian Rice and Anthony Munoz is becoming a huge part of our offensive threat.”
The Vikings (10-3-1) play a nonleague game at 3:30 p.m. today at North Tahoe before hosting Damonte Ranch on Wednesday at STMS.
The South Tahoe girls’ soccer team received a forfeit victory on Saturday after Hug didn’t show up to the Sierra League contest. With the win, the Vikings improve to 13-1-1 overall and 5-1-1 in league. South Tahoe hosts Damonte Ranch on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at STMS.
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