Warrior spikers rally past North Tahoe
Whittell High’s spikers showed North Tahoe how much they have improved since their season opener by rallying past the Lakers in five games Tuesday in Zephyr Cove.
The Warriors won the nonleague volleyball match 5-15, 15-8, 11-15, 15-6, 15-7 behind Shelly Zaskoda’s 11 kills, eight digs, six aces and two blocks. With WHS leading 9-7 in the deciding game, Zaskoda served the final six points, including two aces as the Warriors avenged a four-game season-opening defeat to the Lakers.
Jessica Rickman had a solid game on the front line, blasting 16 kills and making five blocks. She had slightly better stats than North Tahoe star Teal Erickson, who finished with 12 kills and five blocks.
The Warriors fell behind two games to one because of unforced errors.
“We couldn’t get out of our own way in games one and three,” said WHS coach Dan McLaughlin. “In games four and five we found out our defense is strong enough to stop anybody’s offense if we let it.”
Strong matches were also turned in by Whittell’s Alicia Thorne, 16 points and five aces; Tina Hordzwick, 11 kills; and Jackie Marino, 41 assists.
Whittell, 6-2 overall, plays at Virginia City on Thursday.
The Churchill County Greenwave got a triple dose of Kelly Meyer on Tuesday as the South Tahoe soccer star put in three goals in the Vikings’ 5-1 victory at home.
The Greenwave, however, also got a good look at the Vikings when they weren’t on top of their game.
“They came out pretty strong and we came out overconfident,” said Viking head coach Julia Russell.
Megan Hoppe scored an unassisted goal in the 36th minute to give STHS a 1-0 lead, but it was later than the Vikings had scored in previous games, and a major change from their previous 12-1 romp against Hug on Saturday. In that game, the Vikings had six goals in 21 minutes.
“We regrouped (after the half) and realized that we had to work hard and that this team wasn’t to be taken lightly,” Russell said.
The Vikings’ Kelly Meyer scored 13 minutes into the second half. Kristen Tener had the assist.
Then, the Greenwave scored on a free kick, which went over Erica Gonzalez’s head.
But with Renee LaForce’s goal in the 65th minute the Vikings unleashed the fury. Meyer scored the final two goals in the next 10 minutes to take a wide lead.
The Vikings now are 4-0 in league and 6-0 overall.
Nevada tennis power Reno High displayed its superior depth in a 21-1 1/2 girls tennis victory over South Tahoe on Tuesday in Reno.
The Vikings, however, broke through with a doubles victory. Sarah Segal and Carla-Jett Pierce defeated their third-round opponent 6-1.
“They just have a strong team throughout. Even beyond their starting lineup is strong,” said STHS coach Sabrina Zalles.
STHS, 5-2 in league play, travels to North Valleys on Thursday and goes to Carson the following Thursday to finish the regular season.
Meanwhile, Reno brought the heat to South Tahoe’s boys’ tennis program Tuesday and defeated the Vikings 18 1/2 to 4.
“They’ve got one of the best teams I’ve seen in a while,” said boys coach Pat Fagen.
There were few Viking victories, but one of note was that of Clayton Cole, STHS’s No. 3 singles player, who defeated Reno’ No. 2 seed 6-4.
Jason Schmedes and Chris Filipko, playing doubles, defeated Reno’s No. 3 team 6-1 and Mikey Ledesma and Garret Moulton beat Reno’s No. 2 team 6-1.
South Tahoe is 3-4 in league and has two more matches.
“The main focus is to finish with a winning record,” Fagen said, alluding to must have victories on Thursday against North Valleys and a week later against Carson.
“The kids player real well today they were just outmatched …” Fagen said. “It was a good experience for them.”
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