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Warriors face tough road ahead

Of the four teams in the 2002 NIAA/U.S. Bank State 2A Girls Volleyball Championship this weekend, two will defend undefeated 12-0 seasons.

One of those teams, The Meadows, is the first match for the Whittell Warriors on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Galena High School in Reno.

The Meadows returns as the top seed from the Southern Region and the defending 2001 2A state champions.

The Mustangs won state with only one senior on the team, six juniors and four sophomores. They likely return most of their key players from last year.

In the other bracket, the Hawthorne Serpents, the No. 1 seed from the Northern Region, will defend their 12-0 regular season against Faith Lutheran, the No. 2 seed from the Southern Region.

The Faith Lutheran Crusaders finished league play with a record of 10-2.

The competition puts the Warriors, who finished league at 9-3, as the underdog of the four teams based on the regular season.

But the Warriors may play their best volleyball under pressure.

In their final game before zone, the Warriors came within three points of defeating the 4A South Tahoe Vikings in a nonleague, postseason match in the Warriors’ gym.

The Vikings were seeded third in the 4A Northern Region and lost in the first round of zone.

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