Warriors runner up at zone behind Hawthorne
Whittell High’s volleyball team finished runner-up in the 2A Northern Region Volleyball Championship, losing only to Hawthorne in the finals.
The finish allows the Warriors to advance to the state championship, set for Friday and Saturday at Galena High School in Reno.
The girls defeated West Wendover 15-3, 15-5, 9-15, 15-7 at Hawthorne last Friday in the first round.
“The game was won in service receive and transition,” said head coach Danny McLaughlin. “The defensive play of Whitney Gielow, Shelly Zaskoda, Jessica Rickman, Alicia Thorne and Anna Kingman won the game.”
Rickman led with 12 kills. Zaskoda had nine. Gielow had 16 service points and an ace.
Zaskoda led in aces with five.
“Wendover keyed in on Shelly. They spent the whole time trying to stop her and she still had nine kills. That says a lot about how well she played. They did not stop Jessica either,” McLaughlin said.
Whittell next played White Pine, the No. 1 seed from the South, and won 15-12, 16-14, 15-6.
Zaskoda led with 10 kills, Tina Hordzwick had nine, Rickman eight and sophomore Kingman had four.
McLaughlin said Jackie Marino controlled the offense with 35 assists in three games.
At one point, the Warriors trailed 12-4, but with positive reinforcement from their coach, the girls turned the momentum around and won.
Whittell then played Hawthorne in the Northern Region finals, but weren’t able to overcome the No. 1 seed and lost in three game.
“We had a good game against them. We played well. Hawthorne played a little bit better,” McLaughlin said. “It was a lot of fun and a good match.”
Rickman led with five blocks and 12 kills. Zaskoda had six kills, Hordzwick had five and Marino four.
“We’re very proud of what we accomplished,” McLaughlin said.
The Warrors will face the No. 1 seed from the South in the first game of the state tournament Friday.
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