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Warriors lose battle of state champs

Staff reports

In a matchup of last year’s state volleyball champions, Damonte Ranch outlasted Whittell 25-19, 19-25, 25-18 and 25-10 on Wednesday night in Reno.

Whittell, the four-time defending Nevada 2A state champs, had beaten the Northern 4A power in the past two meetings. The Warriors couldn’t overcome serving and serve-receive errors in the latest match. In their second-game win, the Warriors only two missed serves and committed four errors on serve return. In the rest of the match, Whittell had 20 mistakes on serve return against the sixth-ranked team in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll.

Jordan Reeder of delivered a big peformance for Whittell with 10 kills, six blocks, 15 digs and 17 assists. The Warriors’ Lauren Andrew had six kills, 14 assists, two blocks and an ace; Brittney Makara made a significant contribution at outside hitter with five kills, 17 digs and two aces; Kendra Koskin chipped in five kills, two blocks, 10 digs and an ace; Brette Harrington made 16 digs; and Isabel Concha-Folley delivered four kills and six blocks.

Whittell (8-4) will play defending national champion Mira Costa in its opener of the two-day Durango Tournament on Friday in Las Vegas.

“The girls earned the right to play against good competition,” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin. “The level in this tournament is way higher than they’ve seen anywhere else in Nevada. It will be a terrific opportunity for us to play.”

STHS soccer drills Damonte

Seven different players scored for the South Tahoe boys’ soccer team in its 7-1 Sierra League victory over Damonte Ranch on Wednesday in Reno. The Vikings rebounded nicely from Saturday’s 1-0 homecoming loss to Douglas.

“The game was 90 percent controlled by us, and we spent most of the time on their half,” said STHS coach Chris DeLeon. “We still don’t have our starting positions set. We’re still trying people in different places.”

South Tahoe (10-2-2 overall, 4-1-2 league) hosts No. 1-ranked North Tahoe today at 3 p.m. at the Community Youth Sports Complex. Last week, the Vikings and Lakers were the top two teams in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Poll.

But following their loss to Douglas on Saturday, the Vikings dropped to No. 5 in this week’s rankings.

“It’s always a tough match against North Tahoe,” DeLeon said. “We look forward to playing them because they are a good team. All the respect they have gotten, they have earned it and they deserve it.”

STHS JV demolishes Damonte

Kory DiGrande scored twice and Mauricio Vargas assisted on two goals as the South Tahoe High boys’ junior varsity soccer team trounced Damonte Ranch 5-0 on Wednesday in Reno.

Giovanni Perez, Erik Cramer and Wences Vazquez also scored goals for the Vikings (6-1-2), while McQuade Brubaker, Peyton Guttry and Justin Smaine had assists.


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