Warriors summit the Incline
The Warrior volleyball team sent its three seniors out in style by sweeping the Incline Highlanders 15-3, 15-6, 15-4 Tuesday night in Zephyr Cove.
Although it technically wasn’t the last home game for Joeleene Brinkley, Carlye Johnson and Shannon McGlothlin, the trio performed beautifully for one of the last times in front of the home crowd.
It was a dominating performance from the opening serve. The Warriors ran away from the Highlanders in the first game and never looked back.
“I don’t think anyone broke sweat,” Johnson said. “It didn’t feel like a senior game for us.”
The Highlander defense couldn’t figure out the Warrior offense all night. Whittell even pulled out some new tricks from its already deep bag. McGlothlin recorded four kills on six down balls, something that hasn’t happened in the past.
“We unleashed some new weapons tonight,” Warrior coach Dan McLaughlin said. “The girls did some things out there I hadn’t seen before.”
With one more league game remaining before hosting the zone playoffs, the Warriors seem to be ready to run the table.
“Everyone is gunning for us now,” McLaughlin said. “We’re just running through people.”
The players, even with all their success, are hunger for stiffer competition.
“Sometimes you’re not too focused out there,” Brinkley said. “It just seems like we’re out covering the court.”
The Warriors had a total team effort, but some players stood out in their performances. McGlothlin had six kills, four points, a block and an ace.
Jessika Purdy had two kills, nine points and four aces, while Ashley Berns turned in another solid performance with two kills three points and a block.
Erin Silver had four kills, four points and an ace. Stephanie Evans had a kill, seven points and an ace.
“Stephanie sure is a solid players,” McLaughlin said. “The players on our team who aren’t leading the statistical categories would be stars on other teams.”
The Warriors host Tonopah on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
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