Vikings off to 2-0 volleyball start |

Vikings off to 2-0 volleyball start

Tribune Staff Report

Being a reserve on the South Tahoe High volleyball team is turning out to be a good gig for the younger players.

South Tahoe pounded Sparks, 15-5, 15-3, 15-7, enabling coach Gary Hankoff to play everyone and permitting enough time to watch McQueen’s match on the way home.

Alicia Lambert led the Vikings with 14 assists and three aces, while Sadie Sadrian scored five assists and three kills in game three.

Also making an impact were newcomers Shaina Willen and Cindy Martinez. Willen had an ace and two digs while Martinez contributed two digs in their varsity debuts.

“We’re trying to get better with each game, and I think we did get better. We were able to work on some things we needed to work on,” Hankoff said.

The Vikings (2-0) play host to El Dorado in their home opener on Friday. Hankoff assisted El Dorado coach Sharon Hardy last year.

The South Tahoe High boys and girls tennis teams continued their surprising early season success with a pair of wins over Sparks on Tuesday.

On the boys side, Colin Moulton and Graham St. Michel each won a pair of singles matches, as the Vikings earned a convincing 17-5 win at home. The doubles teams of Chris Stamey/Andy Mora and Chris Makowski/Sean Fannan each won two.

“We’ve doubled our win total of last year,” said coach Pat Fagen, whose team has just one junior. “We’ve hanging in there with the older teams. I’m proud of my guys.”

Tahoe (2-1) hosts Reed on Thursday at South Tahoe High.

Meanwhile, Chrystal Hixenbaugh and Lindsay Daugherty swept their singles matches, as the girls won, 17-5, in Sparks. Danielle Haven and Lisa Borges teamed to capture a trio of doubles matches.

“Our team is working hard and there were some tight matches,” said Tahoe coach Tom Barnes. “It was Sparks’ first match and we were more prepared competitively. There are some stronger teams in Reno we need to gear up for.”

The Vikings (3-0) next travel to Reed on Thursday.

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