Spiking Vikings avenge Wooster sweep with one of their own
Perhaps they should start calling South Tahoe’s spiking Vikings the blocking Vikings – or better yet, the sweeping Vikings – after Tuesday.
South Tahoe improved to 7-7 and avenged a three-game loss at Wooster on Sept. 29 by sweeping the Colts at South Tahoe High School. More importantly, the Vikings unveiled a varied, unpredictable offense and better blocking after a weekend trip to the Harbor Invitational in Santa Cruz, Calif. The result was a 15-6, 15-8, 15-12 win for South Tahoe.
“We spread it around tonight,” said South Tahoe setter Jessica Urreaga, a junior.
“We worked together,” Urreaga said. “Last time, we fell apart because they were digging our balls.”
Urreaga finished with 24 assists, but was also a factor on offense with two kills, which kept the Colts defense honest. The Vikings altered their normal game plan – feeding the ball to outside hitters Courtney Wilson and Chantelle Young and daring the opposition to put up a block – by spreading the ball around to a number of different weapons.
South Tahoe head coach Gary Hankoff acknowledged the Vikings have been working on spreading the wealth around, and concentrating on getting a block up against opposing hitters.
“We’re getting a little better play at the net, which is what we need,” Hankoff said. “We definitely need a block against Carson on Thursday. We will get our kills against them, but we need to stop them.”
Wilson and Young continued to lead South Tahoe’s offense, with 12 kills and 10, respectively. While South Tahoe didn’t finish with great blocking statistics, Jessica Dilegame and Wilson punctuated the improvement by closing the 15-8 second game with a stuff. Wooster fell to 5-9 with the loss, and sits in sixth overall.
South Tahoe can measure how much its game has improved, though, on Thursday when fourth-place Carson visits for a 6 p.m. match. The Senators swept South Tahoe when the spiking Vikings visited on Sept. 23. The fifth-place Vikings, though, can make up some ground.
“We needed to win (this), and we won it,” Hankoff said. “Now we need to beat Carson.”
South Tahoe’s junior varsity also swept its way to a win on Tuesday, 15-12, 15-17.
Warriors serve visiting Fernley off court
Whittell’s Warriors had 11 points on service aces on Tuesday night as they swept visiting Fernley, 15-7, 15-5, 15-1.
“Fernley was totally and completely outmatched,” said Whittell head coach Dan McLaughlin. “They played the wrong team, because we are playing extremely well, and we served them off the court.”
The Vaqueros entered the game shorthanded with a number of suspensions. And, indeed, with Jessika Purdy, Jahna Rico, Erin Zaskoda, Shannon McGlothlin, Carlye Johnson and Ashley Berns powering Whittell from the back line, the Warriors had almost as many aces (11) as Fernley had points (13). Purdy had 15 points and six aces, Rico 10 points, Zaskoda nine points and an ace, McGlothlin seven points and three aces, Johnson four points and Berns an ace.
“We have a lot of weapons, the the serve is just one of them, and it sets up our whole offense,” McLaughlin said.
Zaskoda and McGlothlin continued to lead the offense, which also had solid contributions from Berns, Jaime Borge and Danielle Cronis. Johnson needed just 18 assists to run the Whittell offense.
Whittell has won five in a row and improved to 15-9 overall. The Warriors are 6-2 in the league, and visit Manogue – tied for second in the Northern Nevada 3A Division II with Whittell – on Thursday. The Warriors return home for a visit from Hawthorne on Saturday.
Warriors tune up for zone with friendly time trial
Whittell’s cross country team logged a few more miles in preparation for the Oct. 28 zone meet by joining Incline for a time trial on Tuesday.
“This was a fun meet to build some spirit between the schools and get the runners to know each other a little bit,” said Whittell head coach Anthony Davis.
Incline’s Drew Casselberry had the fastest time on the 1.8-mile course, finishing in 10 minutes, one second, but Whittell’s Chad Gerken was just four seconds back. Ben Johnson was third in 10:36, and Jarret Guajardo was fifth in 10:46. Whittell freshman Daniel Wines was ninth in the field, running the course in 12:45.
In the girls race, Arlyle Shaw of Whittell was fifth, behind Incline’s Leah Salazar, Heather Rosenkoetter, Lindsay Kaloustian and Stephanie King. Shaw finished in 13 minutes, 44 seconds. Teammate Nichole Wasson was seventh in 15:46.
The Warriors travel to Reed for zone Oct. 28. The boys run at 2 p.m., the girls at 3:30 p.m.
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