Warriors place nine players on all-league teams
It was only natural that Whittell High volleyball team’s record-setting season was followed with a record number of girls being named to the Northern 2A all-league teams.
The Warriors, who became the first South Shore team to win back-to-back Nevada state championships in more than 20 years, placed eight girls on the first and second teams, the most ever by the Zephyr Cove school.
Senior setter Jackie Marino was voted the Northern 2A’s co-MVP, sharing the honors with Lovelock’s Felicia Booth, who has signed to play with Iowa. Seniors Tina Hordzwick and Whitney Gielow, and sophomores Jessica Woods and Kelly Karmann were all voted to the first team. Anna Kingman, Sydney Colvin and Katrina Kacirek made the second team. Christina Richardson was an honorable mention selection, which gave nine Warriors postseason individual honors.
“It’s pretty amazing to place nine girls on these teams when you only have six on the court at the same time,” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin, who also led the Warriors to the state title in 2000. “They had by far the most dominant performance at any level of volleyball this season. It was a reflection by the overall dominance and performance of this group. I don’t think people realize how dominant this group is. It just boggles my mind how good they were this season.”
Whittell, which finished 23-1, beat Lovelock in three games last month to claim its second straight Class 2A state title. Marino’s 758 assists this season gave her a career total of 2,176, which ranks as the third most ever by a Nevada player, McLaughlin said. Hordzwick finished her career with the Warriors with 554 kills.
Woods had 80 aces and brought her career kills total to 520 in just her second season on varsity. Karmann was also a dominant front-row player, recording 99 blocks this season and bringing her career total to 186, already good for eighth best in the state record books. She also set the school record for hitting percentage during a season (53 percent).
McLaughlin also mentioned that six Whittell players will be placed on the all-state teams, which will be released later this month. Marino will voted the state’s MVP, while Hordzwick, Woods and Karmann will be named to the first team. Woods and Karmann were also all-state players as freshman. Gielow, a defensive specialist, and Kacirek will earn second-team all-state honors. Kacirek set a school record for both career aces (138) and single season (86).
Warriors’ Brumbach makes first team all league
Whittell girls’ soccer player Casey Brumbach made the Tahoe League’s all Northern 2A first team. The junior defender was erroneously left off the list of Warriors who earned all-league honors in soccer, printed earlier this week in the sports section. Brumbach is one of the fastest defensive players in the state and plays on a premier club team out of Carson City.