Warriors bump up record with road wins at Lovelock, Battle Mountain
Racking up their fifth win in a row, the George Whittell High School volleyball team knocked off two 2001 division leaders by defeating both Lovelock and Battle Mountain at their home courts this weekend.
Lovelock, which last year won the 2A Northern League at 7-1 and placed second in state, fell to Whittell in three 15-9, 16-14, 15-3.
Head coach Dan McLaughlin said the team needed a spark after narrowly defeating the Mustangs in game two, and they got it when tied Shelly Zaskoda served 8 straight points including 5 service aces in game three. For the day she had 14 points, 8 aces and 7 kills.
Jessica Rickman dominated at the net with 10 kills and 5 blocks.
Whittell defeated Battle Mountain on Saturday, last year’s runner up in the 2A Northeaster League, 15-10, 12-15, 15-3, 16-14.
“We were really off-kilter against Battle Mountain. We couldn’t find a rhythm. It was probably the long bus ride and the overnight …,” said McLaughlin. “We were fortunate to come out with a victory against a very scrappy team.”
Rickman led the Warriors with 7 kills and 6 blocks.
Zaskoda had another strong game with 5 kills, 9 aces and 1 block.
Despite the victory, McLaughlin said the team lacked focus, and never really got back in the game.
The Warriors are in second place at 7-1 in the 2A Northern League and are 10-2 overall.
South Tahoe’s cross country team ran without Hudson Wilvers, Sean Pawling, Chris Cosmi and Zach Powers, but still finished fourth among 16 teams Friday at the Carson Invitational.
Galena finished first with its top five runners at a combined score of 27, ahead of Reno (42), Nevada Union (112), South Tahoe (130), Truckee (144) and Carson Carson (148), respectively.
“This was probably the youngest team I have lined up for a race,” said Dominique Westlake, South Tahoe’s boys cross country coach. “But the team that did run ran very well.”
Sophomore Bryan Kurek finished as the top Viking at 14th with a time of 19 minutes 16 seconds in the 3.1-mile (5,000-meter) race.
The top runner, Jonathon Cardenas, from Reno, finished with a new course record of 17:30. Galena’s Steven Potte’y was runner up (17:46) followed by Reno’s Joe Parker (18:06).
Behind Kurek from South Tahoe were sophomores Alex Sharp (23rd, 19:47), Kyle Sullivan (26th 19:59) junior Tyler Reiger (33rd, 20:30) and sophomore Steven Grant (34th, 20:30).
On junior varsity, South Tahoe’s Andy Stockdale finished fifth at 21:01. STHS’ Jonathon Pulido crossed the finish line at the same time. The JV finished third (78) behind Reno (28) and Nevada Union (73).
Douglas High needed a win to get back on top of the Sierra League but could only manage a 2-2 tie with first place South Tahoe on Saturday in Minden.
The Vikings went up 1-0 with a unassisted breakaway goal in the 18th minute by Kelly Meyer.
But goals by Hannah Sullivan and Britney Christen gave the Tigers a 2-1 halftime lead.
“We came out the first half just not playing our game, full of butterflies and nervous about what we had to do,” said Julia Russell, head Viking coach.
South Tahoe got the equalizer three minutes into the second half when Kelly Meyer got a pass from Chelsea Calder.
Tied 2-2, the game got a bit out of control. Douglas’ Rebecca Wallstrum left the game and was eventually taken to the hospital, according to Fred Schmidt.
“It was really a hard fought game,” Schmidt said. “We were playing really well for a while. It was a little frustrating because we knew we had to beat them to get tied for first place. But I was real proud of the girls. We were obviously at their level.”
Sierra Shipley had 23 saves, and South Tahoe, which beat Douglas 2-0 last month, keeps hold of first place with a 6-0-1 league record and stays three points ahead of second place Douglas.
The Tigers are now 5-1-1 in league and 7-2-1 overall.
SOUTH TAHOE 6, DOUGLAS 0
Chase Zumpft and Danny Ross combined to make 24 saves in the lopsided loss against the Vikings on Saturday in Minden. South Tahoe (12-0-2 overall, 5-0-2 league) scored four goals in the first half and two more in the second.
The Vikings beat the Tigers 8-0 earlier this season in South Lake Tahoe. Douglas drops to 3-4 in league and 4-4-1 overall.
In the JV game, South Tahoe won 3-0. The Tigers drop to 4-3 in league play while the Vikings are still undefeated at 6-0-1.
The Douglas High volleyball stayed in first place in the 4A Northern Region Sierra League with a15-8, 15-7, 15-5 win over South Tahoe.
Douglas improved to 5-1 in league play and is tied for first with Carson High and holds the advantage for now with a win over the Senators. Emily Haas had 10 kills, Cheryl Nicoll had eight kills, Michelle Paterson had eight kills and four digs and served for four aces and Brittany Addeo had 24 assists for the Tigers.
South Tahoe lost its third straight game and dropped to 4-3 in the Sierra League and 5-4 overall.
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