Volleyball teams prepare for zone
The Warrior volleyball team prepares to wrap up another impressive season in the 2A Northern Region Girls Volleyball Championship at Hawthorne this weekend with its first match against the West Wendover Wolverines.
The Warriors split against the Wolverines during their last game of the year.
But only the first game mattered to the Warriors as the victory cemented their position as the No. 2 seed in zone.
“They’ve an awkward style that’s difficult to match up with, but we’re ready to play them,” said head Warrior coach Dan McLaughlin. “They beat us once so they’re pretty confident, but the fact of the matter is we’re pretty confident ourselves.”
Key to the Warriors success in the single-elimination best of 5 zone will be getting the ball to Shelly Zaskoda and Jessica Rickman, the teams two senior stars.
“We have good leadership from our two captains Shelly and Alicia (Thorne) … and seniors Jessica Rickman and Marie Peterson want to end the season successfully,” McLaughlin said.
Hawthorne is the zone favorite after and undefeated season.
The Serpents have excelled this year with two players that coaches say will go on to play Division I basketball, Sydney Orndorff and Dedi Jurinigan. The Serpents also have strong play from a first team, all league player that recently transferred from a school in Montana.
The Warriors are the only school that has beaten them one game, and they hope to see Hawthorne in the finals.
First, however are the Wolverines.
“The game is going to go through Shelly and Jessica a lot, because they are two of the best players in the league,” McLaughlin said.
VIKINGS PREPARE FOR GALENA
When head Viking coach Gary Hankoff scheduled a postseason game against Galena he had no idea the Vikings would meet the Grizzlies in the first round of zone.
But that’s how it worked out as the Vikings prepare for round one Friday at Douglas in the single-elimination, best of five 4A Regional Championship.
And the Vikings know they have the edge having defeated the Grizzlies 15-13, 15-12, 8-15, 3-15, 15-12.
“It was a nice little preview for us. If nothing else, we should go into zone feeling pretty confident,” Hankoff said after the Galena game.
Douglas finished as the No. 1 seed from the Sierra division (11-1), ahead of runner up Carson (10-2) and South Tahoe (7-4).
Churchill County in the No. 1 seed from the High Desert League after going undefeated (12-0). Galena was runner up at (9-2) followed by McQueen (7-5) and Elko (7-5).
If South Tahoe defeats Galena, it will play the winner of the Elko-Douglas match on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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