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Vikings bring home third in state

Steve Yingling

RENO – Adrian Hankoff walked off the court with her hands on her hips. Sadie Sadrian, Coral Cortez and Melissa Maxwell huddled courtside and started a puddle of tears.

It wasn’t the way the South Tahoe High seniors envisioned ending the NIAA state 4A volleyball tournament Saturday at Galena High. The Vikings, a preseason favorite to capture the school’s second state championship, settled for third after being ousted by Green Valley 17-19, 15-10, 7-15 Saturday morning.

“It’s real hard to accept,” said Hankoff, who concluded her storied high school career with 29 kills and 17 digs. “All we’ve been working for is right here in front of us. But we did ourselves proud. We won zone, and that’s something that hasn’t been done since 1990. Still, it’s really hard watching the finals going on and knowing we should be in there.”



If anything, South Tahoe served itself out of the tournament. In the decisive third game with Green Valley, the Vikings missed five of their first six serves.

“This has been one of our worst weekends of service errors, and we had a few too many errors in that last game,” said Hankoff, referring to the team’s 22 serving blunders against the Gators.



Hankoff did all she could to rescue the Vikings, making five kills and executing a deke dink as South Tahoe rebounded to take a 6-5 lead after trailing 5-2.

But several more service and passing errors enabled Green Valley to terminate the Vikings’ title hopes.

“I’m really proud of the girls. With all of the adversity we had this year, they did good. It was big disappointment to lose to Green Valley. If anybody gave away a game, it was us,” said Viking coach Gary Hankoff.

South Tahoe (22-14), however, shouldn’t have needed a third game. The Vikings pulled out to leads of 9-1 and 12-6 in the opening game only to lose 19-17.

“We were mentally focused and our coach got us back on the right path with a time-out, and then we fought hard,” said Green Valley middle blocker Tapu Schwenke.

That Green Valley was around to finish off STHS was unexpected. The Gators lost their opening match to Fallon and lived precariously in the loser’s bracket en route to the title match.

Douglas, however, ended the Gators’ run in the final, securing the title rather easily, 15-5, 15-13.

South Tahoe’s downturn started after a 16-14, 15-4 second-round win over Fallon on Friday. After being trounced 15-4 by Douglas in Game 1, STHS appeared on the verge of evening the match, taking 10-1 and 13-4 leads. However, the Tigers didn’t wait for Game 3, storming back to earn a spot in the finals, 15-13.

“We started playing a little bit safe and the girls stopped passing,” said coach Hankoff. “Our passing and serving killed us. It was terrible.

“Even at 13-13 in that last game, I felt it was going to a third game. But I think the team didn’t. When we start playing that way we get into trouble.”

Hankoff was selected to the all-tournament team, and Douglas setter Kaycee Green was named the MVP.

For the second straight season the Warriors earned fifth place in the state. After an opening-match sweep of Virgin Valley on Thursday, the Warriors struggled with their passing and serving in losses to Boulder City and North Tahoe on Friday.

“We’ve had ups and downs all year long. As good as we played Thursday, we just played similar to some of our poor games on Friday,” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin. “They went as far as they wanted to go. Considering the fact we weren’t a strong defensive team and not a good serving team, we did pretty well getting fifth in the state and second in our division.”

Boulder City dropped Whittell into the losers’ bracket with a 15-5, 11-15, 15-6 victory on Friday morning. Faced with elimination, the Warriors lost to North Tahoe for the second time in two weeks, 15-11, 15-13.

“Things that were plaguing us all year, passing and serving, it fell apart so we couldn’t get into a rhythm and pattern,” McLaughlin said.

Seniors Sarah Sufka and Karin Kaleta and junior Erin Zaskoda played well in defeat, according to McLaughlin.

“It was a very positive experience because we went a long way. We had a very successful season and we learned a lot about each other,” McLaughlin said.

Moapa Valley went through the double-elimination tournament unbeaten, defeating Hawthorne in three games in the finals to win its eight straight state title.

very positive exp because we went a long way. we had a very succ season and we each learned a lot about each other.

disaoppointed, fifth in state isn’t too bad, we did the same as last year.

we’ve had ups and dalls all eyar lone, as good as we palyed thrusday, we just played similar to some poor games on Friday.

Lost to Boulder City, 15-5, 15-11, 15-6

Lost to North, 15-11, 15-13

“things plaguing all eyar long, passing and serving, it fell apart on friday so we couldn’t get into a rhythm and pattern.

It finally caught up to us.

“THEY WENT as far as they wanted to go. Considiering fact we ween’t strong defenseiv team and not good serving team we did pretty well getting fifth in state and second in our division.

Sarah and Erin played exremely hard to the end. Karin had usual number of kills.

27-12.

play three out of five all eyar and then get to state play two of three.

tign kind of sad about,t hree player played well, didnt have chance to get on all-sta team because didnt’ go any ruther in tournament.

Lose four of nine players, including Erin Zaskoda and Shannon McGlothlin.

very strong JV team, eneded up moving four from JT to varsity.

seven straight state appearance. Sarah Karin and auroro sixth year playing together.

very positive exp becase we went a long way. we had a very succ season and we each learned a lot about each other. Way the girls came together at zone.

Virgin Valley won first match.

“Im eally proud of the girls all of the adv we had this year. they did good. it was big dis to lose to green valley, if anyboyd gave a game away, it was us.

22 for three games., a season-high of missed serves. lot of unforced errors. noth to take antyng away from saide, they have been setters since freshman. says lot for said that we’re able to copete with those teams, here’s she been setting for trhee weeks.

def played well against green valley. we didn’t transition well at all. dig and set offense to hit ball.

adrian Hankoff made all-tournament. Kasey MVP.

“it was hard, but I thought in that last game feeling it slipping away, it hit me, I felt bad for he,r this is her last high school game, but she played a great game.

17 digs and 29 kills, three game match. called timeouts to give them a rest if they looked. I kind f had mixed feelings about it, I was really disappoint to get to the final gmae we didn’t deserve to be state chamions.

adrian hurt herself in warmups, practicing jump serves, sprained ankle before match started. actaully crying, couldn’t walk before introduced team. hobbled to traineer and they taped up her tight. she is toughest player I’ve ever seen, for kid to do that and have game like that was prety incredibly. count number times on one hand seen her in tears. def gave up a scare. why we started off little slow, they

that happen if can’t keep pushing. at this tournament tell we didnt have it. I didn’t fell like well prepared. It’s diff team when we started out year with, we made a prety good run.

It’s not going to be antohr eight years before win zone again, I can guarantee that.

washington state, left sunday morning, got up at 2 am. and went to aiprot. This seaso is almost over for college, went to do official visits while their palying. palyign usc.

Orego, Washingotn St., SB, Reno and Notre dame., unofficial visit. what going to do Long Beach State’s brian Jomero, friend of mine helping . SHe’s under lot of pressure to commit right beause they want to get recruitng done. we’re not sure if it’s right thing to do, we’re thinking about waiting. His recruiting is done, not player looking for.

adrian 5-10, 5-11. she plays big. refs came up to me missing adrian paly, that made me feel better as a dad.

“she does, her big goal right now is to make junior national team, been trying for two years, really going to push it, hoping to make fabl 50 for college recruits, might be considered too small. all coaches talking to , she’s a fab 50 player.

she got palyer of year with my vote or monmianti, so I think that was cool I can’t imagine her not getting it.

one thing tha tmach be playing in head for another year. almost better for coach’s standopotn, who wants to state my first year winning state. 22-14. record. frm coaching standpoint I’m real happy. we have bigger fish to fry.

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