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Warriors overwhelm Dust Devils

The Whittell High Warriors volleyball team dominated the final two games of Wednesday’s non-league match against Dayton (15-10, 15-3, 15-9). The three-game win gave the Warriors their second consecutive win and pushed their record to 2-1.

“We’ve played three 3A teams and have beaten two of them,” Warrior head coach Dan McLaughlin said. “If we were still in 3A, then we’d be right in there.”

After the first game, the Warrior seemed to kick it in gear and dominated the second game from the beginning to end, beating Dayton 15-3. Led by Ashley Berns, Shannon McGlothlin and Joeleene Brinkley, Whittell opened the game with strong defense and an overpowering offensive attack.



Brinkley recorded one of her two aces, while Berns broke the game open with a pair of back-to-back kills.

McGlothlin set up the offense with numerous blocks and sideouts.




“Shannon’s a big-game player,” McLaughlin said. “She likes to make the big play and she did that (tonight).”

In the third game, the Warriors showed the mettle. After the huge win in the second game, Whittell again came out strong with five quick points.

But Dayton managed to pull even at seven. The tie would not last long as the Warriors opened up the offense and pounded the ball against Dayton’s defense.

Brinkley got the home team going with consecutive aces and McGlothlin made some blocks and blasted numerous spikes into the teeth of Dayton’s front line.

“We were more excited after we won the first game,” setter Carlye Johnson said. “But Dayton is a tough team and it took until the third game to really get everyone in sync.”

Johnson moved the ball around in the second and third games, getting numerous Warriors into the offense and keeping the Dayton defense off guard.

“She’s a magician,” her coach said. “She’s really getting the hang of our offense and it’s showing.”

McGlothlin points to Brinkley’s serving as the key to deciding win in the third game.

“The aces always help because they can pick you back up when you falter,” the senior outside hitter said. “That’s what happened in the third game.”

All three games against Dayton were all-around wins, with all of the Warrior spikers providing key contributions.

“We have a very young team,” McLaughlin said. “With only three seniors on this year’s team, we need the young girls to play well and they are doing a bang-up job.”

McGlothlin led the way with 15 kills, while Berns turned in eight, Purdy six, and Erin Silver and Kim McGlothlin four.

Brinkley had 12 service points and Stephanie Evans recorded 11, while Silver had four aces, Brinkley two and Johnson and Berns each had one apiece.

Berns also turned in five blocks, while Shelly Zaskoda had two and Kim McGlothlin one.

The Warrior will head to Lovelock for a tournament on Friday and Saturday.


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