South Tahoe opens with Manogue in Northern 4A playoffs
In the relative unknown that is high school volleyball, South Tahoe High coach Gary Hankoff has noticed a recurring theme this season. This theme implies that, although the Vikings might be favored to beat Manogue today, the Miners will be a much different team than the one Hankoff scouted earlier this season.
“Physically, I think we really match up with them good, but I’m guessing that they will be like a lot of teams we’ve played this season, where for some reason everybody plays well against us,” Hankoff said. “There have been several teams that have played much better against us than they had when I saw them play during the season. I saw Manogue play earlier in the season and I’m sure they’ve gotten better. But I like our chances, even though I know it’s going to be a tough game.”
South Tahoe, the No. 2 seed from the High Desert Division, takes on Manogue, the No. 3 seed from the High Desert Division, today at 1 p.m. in the first round of the Northern 4A playoffs at Galena High in Reno. The Vikings will be looking to advance out of the first round of zone for only the third time in the past six years. To do so, they will have to contain the Miners’ Quinn Miller, a 6-1 middle blocker who Hankoff coached in club ball.
“She is their big gun,” Hankoff said. “They are a well-coached team. Their coach Jason Sterrett is a really good motivater and I’m sure he’s got them believing they can win state. That much I can guarantee you.”
If South Tahoe beats Manogue, it has a likely meeting with two-time defending zone champion Galena in the semifinals on Saturday. The Grizzlies won the High Desert Division after going 14-0 in division play.
“Galena is good, I’m not going to lie,” Hankoff said. “But they are definitely not like the McQueen football team our football team has to play. Galena is very beatable, and they might be primed to get beat right now. Other than a few preseason tournaments, they haven’t really been tested in league. We’ll have to see how Galena comes out, but first we need to get to that point.”
The top two teams at zone advance to next week’s 4A state tournament. The semifinals and finals are both scheduled for Saturday at Galena. In other first-round games, Fallon plays Carson, Galena faces Reno, and Douglas takes on McQueen.
Northern 4A Playoffs
Manogue (9-5) vs. South Tahoe (10-2), 1 p.m.
Fallon (12-2) vs. Carson (8-4), 3 p.m.
Galena (14-0) vs. Reno (6-6), 5 p.m.
Douglas (11-1) vs. McQueen (9-5), 7 p.m.
Douglas-McQueen winner vs. Fallon-Carson winner, noon
South Tahoe-Manogue winner vs. Galena-Reno winner, 2 p.m.
Semifinal winners, 5 p.m.
Note: Top two finishers qualify for state