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Volleyball Warriors stayin’ alive at 3A state

by Dan Thomas

A wise group of Bee Gees once highlighted the importance of stayin’ alive, and Whittell’s gritty Warriors are doing just that in Nevada’s 3A volleyball championships.

Whittell rebounded from a 15-5, 11-15, 15-7 opening-round loss to North Tahoe to advance in the consolation bracket with a 15-5, 17-15 win over Battle Mountain on Thursday at Green Valley High School in Henderson, Nev. With the win, the Warriors guaranteed at least one more match on Friday, a 2 p.m. meeting with either Hawthorne or Boulder City.

“They have a lot of guts, and they’re doing their best,” McLaughlin said of his Warriors, who entered the tournament as the second seeds out of Northern Nevada Division II.



“We’re still fighting a lot of injuries and a lot of problems, and we didn’t play as well as we’re capable of playing in these games,” McLaughlin said. “North Tahoe played a really fine, solid game.”

The North Tahoe match came down to passing. Whittell won the second game by passing well, but the Lakers – who McLaughlin called the team to beat – moved the ball better in the first and third games.



“The second match, Battle Mountain was not anywhere near as good as we are,” McLaughlin said. ” When it came right down to it, we found a way to win.”

Shannon McGlothlin led South Tahoe in hitting with 18 kills, and added seven service points and four service aces, while fellow outside hitter Erin Zaskoda had 17 kills, 15 service points, seven aces, eight altered shots and four blocks. Ashley Berns contributed five kills and three aces; Jaime Borge five kills; Jahna Rico 12 service points; Jessika Purdy 10 service points; and Carlye Johnson 42 assists.

South Tahoe returns to action at Green Valley High School, either against Boulder City, or in the fourth meeting of the year against Hawthorne. South Tahoe has not played Boulder City this season, but lost three matches to Hawthorne between the regular season and the zone championships. The winner of Friday’s match advances to a 6 p.m. meeting to advance to the tournament quarterfinals, while the loser is eliminated.


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