Monday sports recap
Volleyball: South Tahoe def. Lowry, 14-16, 15-8, 15-4, 15-10
After South Tahoe dropped its first set of the season to Lowry, the spiking Viking seniors dominated the front line to rally South Tahoe to a home win Saturday.
Co-captains Chantelle Young and Courtney Wilson put on what South Tahoe head coach Gary Hankoff called a hitting clinic against a young Lowry squad as South Tahoe won its home opener 14-16, 15-8, 15-4, 15-10 over Lowry. Young finished with 25 kills, 20 digs, four blocks and two aces, while Wilson had 19 kills, 17 digs, two blocks and two aces as the Vikings started the season 1-0.
“It was actually a really good tune-up match because we had no idea how we were going to do,” said Hankoff, who started his second year as head coach 1-0. “They didn’t lay down and die for us.”
The young Buckaroos played solid defense, keeping them in the game for the first half. But once the Vikings started to roll, Lowry couldn’t match South Tahoe’s experienced front line. The front started to jell during the game with sophomore setter Jessica Urreaga feeding experienced outside hitters on both sides.
“Chantelle and Courtney put on a hitting clinic with these guys,” Hankoff said. “(Lowry) had nothing to stop us once we settled in.”
Urreaga finished with 39 assists to go along with six aces and six digs in her first significant action with the Vikings. The game allowed the Vikings a closer look at some young players, and Jill Barna showed promise at middle blocker with five stuffs.
“We have a long way to go, but we played well as a team,” Hankoff said.
South Tahoe returns to action Tuesday when the squad plays host to Sparks for a 3:45 p.m. match.
Girls soccer: South Tahoe 4, Lowry 1
South Tahoe’s girls broke into the win column for the first time Friday at South Tahoe Middle School, downing Lowry 4-1.
“The team isn’t that strong that we played, and they gave us a chance to really get our passing together, to slow the game down,” said South Tahoe head coach Julia Peyser, who has guided the Vikings to a 1-0-2 start in her second year as coach.
South Tahoe responded to the opportunity by unveiling a number of precision passes, through balls and long chips. The Vikings played without injured Katrina Clapp, the starting sweeper, and Kelly Huck, a midfielder. Clapp will miss at least three weeks with a broken toe, but Huck’s ankle is feeling better.
After Erin Brown and Katie Orr put South Tahoe up 2-0 in the 31st minute, Lowry’s Kia Pillikian cut the lead to 2-1 by halftime. But the Vikings added two more goals in the second half to put the game out of reach for the outmatched Buckaroos.
“They were playing a really great controlled game, and that’s all you can ask for as a coach,” Peyser said of her Vikings. Ashlee Francis put South Tahoe up 3-1 in the 43rd minute, and Jen Galea provided another goal – her third in two games – for insurance in the 59th minute. Senior Sarah Junge made seven saves in goal.
South Tahoe managed 24 shots on Lowry’s goal, but Peyser seemed even more encouraged by another statistic: referees whistled the Vikings for 10 fouls, revealing an aggressive streak Peyser never had seen before.
“It’s definitely a good thing for us,” she said. “We haven’t, in the past, played aggressively, and I think Reed really got us fired up.”
South Tahoe tied Reed 4-4 in its second game, after tying Elko 0-0 to start the season. The Vikings couldn’t score through their first game and a half, but have responded with eight goals in three halves of soccer. The Vikings take their newfound offense and aggressive attitude on the road to McQueen, for a 3:30 p.m. game with the Lancers.
Boys soccer: South Tahoe 6, Lowry 0
An outmanned Lowry squad gave South Tahoe’s second-string a chance to shine at South Tahoe Middle School on Friday as the Vikings won 6-0.
South Tahoe improved to 7-0-2 overall (2-0-1 in league play) while playing more than a half with 10 players, to match Lowry’s roster. Vikings head coach Joe Winters started his second string to spell South Tahoe’s varsity, and give the staff a chance to look at the squad’s depth.
“(We) basically looked at it as an opportunity to get our subs in and let the second team play,” Winters said.
The Vikings flexed their depth, as six different players scored. The second string rolled to a 5-0 lead by halftime, with goals from four different players. Sophomore Gustavo Romero opened the scoring three minutes in, on a cross from Chris McKean. Fellow sophomore Peter Chiarpotti, on the front line instead of in the goal, doubled the margin 21 minutes later on an assist from Ascension Gonzales, opening the floodgates. Gonzales scored his first in the 27th minute on an assist from first-stringer David Brown, then Chiarpotti crossed to Gonzales, who headed the ball in in the 29th minute for his second goal. South Tahoe made it 5-0 when McKean got into the act, on an assist from Ryan Schue. Winters placed restrictions on his team in the second half to avoid blowing out the shorthanded Buckaroos. The Vikings had to move the ball with two touches, and could score only on headers. Defensive stalwart Paul Wilson closed out the scoring in the 80th minute, heading in an assist from Hank Ketelsen.
“Definitely, we’ve got some talent,” Winters said. “It encouraged some guys to get out there and show us what they can do.”
South Tahoe’s first string, with fresh legs after seven games in eight days, can show what they can do again this week. The Vikings travel to McQueen for a 3:30 game Wednesday.
Cross Country: South Tahoe runners test well against classmates
Several runners from South Tahoe High School showed they have the potential to become the class of their classes.
The Vikings tuned up for the regular season with their first meet of the year, the Galena Invitational. Unlike the rest of the meets on the schedule the Galena meet pits runners from each class against their counterparts from other schools: freshmen against freshmen, through seniors running against seniors.
“The freshmen did very, very well, going fifth, sixth, seventh and 11th,” said South Tahoe head coach Dominique Westlake. “As they get in better shape and get used to high school running a little more, once they realize the differences, they’ll pick it up and they’ll improve all the way through the year.”
South Tahoe had a number of promising performances despite arriving at the race site 15 minutes before the start, and missing an opportunity to warm up. Chris Couch of Reno set the pace for the freshmen with two and a half miles in 11:35, but South Tahoe’s Sean Pawling, Chris Cosmey, Matt Pocock and Aston Wilcox finished in the top 10. Robert Gonzalez, Justin Good, Luis Gomez and Kyle Martinez all finished just off the pace for the Vikings, whose biggest group was its freshman.
Sophomore Jeff Koeck was ninth in 13:17, and classmate Steven Moore was 11th for South Tahoe. Brett Ferrier of Lowry set the pace for the juniors with 11:09, and South Tahoe’s Jeff Cosmi, Freddy Ferrer and Adam Wexelblatt followed in 12:32, 14:59 and 18:01, respectively.
Justin Fricke of McQueen was the fastest senior, finishing in 11:20. South Tahoe’s Cory Martin was third-fastest in the class, ahead of teammates Grant Carter – sixth in 12:01 – Ryan Nibouar and Conor Robinson.
“He really improved,” Westlake said of Martin.
The schedule continues Friday with a trip to Reed High School in Reno. Not only will the Vikings be able to race as varsity and junior varsity for the first time, but the team will get an early glimpse of the zone and state championship courses at Reed.
“The picture will be a little clearer after next week at Reed,” Westlake said.
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