Vikings come back from dead to upset Douglas |

Vikings come back from dead to upset Douglas

Douglas won 30 of the opening 39 points and had South Tahoe completely off its game Thursday night in South Lake Tahoe.

But several lineup changes, including a switch in setters, turned the Sierra Division volleyball match as the Vikings rallied for an improbable 7-15, 2-15, 15-6, 16-14 victory.

‘We haven’t played this poorly all year, so I have to feel good that we won,” said STHS Gary Hankoff, who defeated Douglas in division play for the first time in six years. “They have some fight in them. Once we got into the fifth game, I knew we were going to win.”

The insertion of Erika Schimmel at setter helped the Vikings start their unlikely comeback in the third game.

“She puts up hittable balls and was starting to get success from hitters that don’t normally have success,” Hankoff said.

Defensive specialists Marie Ehrler and Brittney Valenzuela also played major roles in the turnaround, Hankoff said.

“They really saved our bacon tonight,” Hankoff said. “They got a lot of ups that kept us in rallies.”

Rachel Hankoff delivered 19 kills and 12 digs and Cindy Davis and Valenzuela led the Vikings with 13 digs.

STHS, 10-8 overall and 3-0 in the Sierra Division, entered Thursday’s match tied for first place with Douglas and Carson. Hug will forfeit Saturday’s match with the Vikings. The Vikings return to the court Thursday at Reno.

Warriors beat 4A school

Whittell’s powerful front line of Shelly Zaskoda and Jessica Rickman continued to overpower the opposition Thursday in Zephyr Cove.

This time the victims were from a much larger school — Nevada 4A’s Spanish Springs. Zaskoda had 19 kills and Rickman contributed 17 kills as the Warriors won the nonleague match 17-15, 15-2, 14-16, 15-11.

Zaskoda also collected eight service points, three aces and two blocks. Rickman had six blocks and five service points.

Other key contributors to the win were back row defenders Whitney Gielow and Alicia Thorne. Gielow had 15 service points, Anna Kingman scored eight service points and setter Jackie Marino had 47 assists and 13 service points.

Whittell, 5-1 overall and 3-0 in division, plays host to Hawthorne on Saturday.

The Warriors also won the JV and freshman matches. The JVs were victorious 15-7, 15-3, while the frosh took it to Spanish Springs 15-11, 15-13.

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