Preps roundup: Viking volleyers win 2 of 3; Buchholz sets personal best
South Tahoe took a pair of long road trips Friday and Saturday to Elko and Spring Creek and split results before coming home Wednesday to beat Fernley in a five set thriller.
The Vikings lost their second consecutive five-set match Friday against Elko (3-2, 20-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-18, 15-7).
The Vikings led two sets to one but couldn’t hold off the Indians.
Layne Hembree had 15 kills and Jerra McLaughlin added 10 to lead South Tahoe’s attack.
Also for the Vikings, Ruby Abuhajleh added six kills and made two solo blocks; Kaitlyn Racca served for five aces and made 19 digs; Hailey Naccarato handled 47 serves and made just one error and also made 34 digs; Tyler Pevenage had 29 assists and Madi Riley and Jordan Malkus each had two solo blocks.
South Tahoe crushed Spring Creek 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-17) the next day.
Hembree and McLaughlin each had nine kills. Abuhajleh made solo blocks and served for six of the teams 14 aces, Racca added four. Pevenage had 27 assists and Naccarato made 18 digs.
The Vikings defeated Fernley 25-17, 25-16, 17-25, 22-25, 15-12 behind 19 kills from Naccarato and 16 from Hembree. McLaughlin added 10 kills.
After building a two sets to none lead, the Vikings had to hold off a strong rally from the Vaqueros.
The Vikings served up 13 aces, including four each from Pevenage and Racca. Riley made four solo blocks, Racca made 31 digs and received 45 serves with just four errors and Pevenage had 49 assists.
South Tahoe (7-6, 5-2 Northern League) sits in third place in the Northern League behind Elko (6-1 Northern) and Truckee (7-0 Northern) and ahead of Fernley (4-2 Northern) and Dayton (4-3 Northern).
South Tahoe next plays Churchill County (3-3 Northern) at 12 p.m. Saturday in Fallon, Nevada.
Buchholz leads Vikings runners at Nevada Union Invitational
South Tahoe junior Carissa Buchholz set a personal best Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Nevada Union Cross Country Invitational.
The defending Nevada 3A state champion usually wins races, especially when she records her best times, but Buchholz had to settle for second place behind Del Oro star freshman Riley Chamberlain who finished the 3-mile course in just 18 minutes, 1 second.
Buchholz finished the course in 18:49, chopping off over 90 seconds from her previous best at the distance. She finished 44 seconds ahead of third place.
The Vikings didn’t have a full team with just three girls competing when five is needed.
Vikings juniors Eliana Carney and Melanie Maher finished 31st and 78th, respectively, in a field of 129 runners. Carney completed the course in 21:59 and Maher in 24:15.
Sophomore Layton Sweeney led the Vikings boys with a 41st place in a field of 171. Sweeney finished in 18:00 to help South Tahoe finish 17th out of 21 scoring teams.
Senior Christopher Hoefer finished 19 seconds and 18 places behind his teammate in the crowded field.
Also for the Vikings, Raymond Charley was 94th (19:30), Calvin Holmes was 123rd (20:33), Gavin Breen was 131st (21:00) and Jack Bray was 151st (23:07).
Incline, Whittell runners compete at North Tahoe invitational
Incline’s Niklas Pietzke led the Highlanders Friday, Sept. 14, at the North Tahoe Kiwanis Mountain Motivational Invitational.
The sophomore finished 14th on the 3.3-mile course in a field of 72 competitors in a time of 23 minutes, 20 seconds.
Incline did not have a complete team with three runners, including sophomore Zach Homola and senior Brent Wolf.
Homola finished 49th (26:15.78) and Wolf was 68th (30:50.94).
Junior Ben Harrison led the three Whittell runners by finishing 53rd in 27:01.38.
Warrior senior Ben Harrison was 64th (28:30.93) and senior Sam Rusk was 69th (31:06.66).
South Tahoe tennis nets victories over Churchill, North Valleys
South Tahoe made it four straight boys’ tennis victories to start the season by picking up a couple of wins last week.
The Vikings drubbed North Valleys 14-4 Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Reno and came home a couple of days later and crushed Churchill 15-3.
Against North Valleys, junior Peter Sullivan won all three of his singles matches 6-2, 6-2 and 6-1, to lead the Vikings to a dominant victory.
Junior Juan Vazquez added two points for South Tahoe and Quinn Proctor and Joshua Novak each won singles matches.
South Tahoe’s top doubles team of Jeremiah Dahl and Clyde Rypins won two matches as did the team of Adin Burns and Drew Pilkington. Burns and Zephyr Jones added a point.
Against Churchill, Vazquez and Sullivan dominated both of their singles matches and surrendered a combined two games.
Brandon Wilson, Proctor and Jones all won one singles match.
Dahl and Rypins won both of their doubles matches and also earned a forfeit.
Burns and Matthew Sullivan won two matches, including a tight contest 7-6 (7-5).
Johnson and Pilkington scored a point.
The Vikings (4-0 Northern League) played Tuesday at Truckee (5-0 Northern), Wednesday at North Tahoe (1-4 Northern) and Thursday against Sparks (0-5 Northern) at home.