Whittell sweeps Fallon volleyball
ZEPHYR COVE – On Monday, the Fallon volleyball team made its second trip to the South Shore in the past five days. And while it ended the exact same way as the first trip, the Greenwave certainly showed signs of improvement against the top-ranked team in Northern Nevada.
Jessica Woods had 15 kills and eight digs, while Kendra Koskin added eight kills and four aces as Whittell swept Fallon 25-19, 28-26, 25-22 on Monday night at Whittell High School.
“We passed the ball a lot better, but there were a lot of little things tonight,” said first-year Fallon coach Derik Mullen, whose team was swept by South Tahoe last Thursday. “We stayed close all three games, but we made too many mistakes to beat a team like this.”
The Warriors, who are ranked No. 1 in the Sierra Nevada Sports Media Group poll, took advantage of Fallon’s 11 kill errors and six service errors. Despite their errors, the Greenwave (10-6) came back in all three games, including a furious comeback in the second game that saw Fallon take a 26-25 lead. But two errors and a Woods kill doomed the Greenwave’s chances in Whittell’s two-point victory.
In the third game, Whittell senior Kelly Karmann injured her ankle and left with the game tied at 4. That’s when Koskin and a slew of other Warriors stepped up. Whittell went up 16-10, allowed Fallon back into the game, then closed strong with Koskin tallying five service points and giving her team a 21-13 lead.
“When Kelly Karmann went down, everybody elevated their game,” said WHS coach Dan McLaughlin, whose team improved to 9-2. “Megan Esquivel, Brittany Makara, Jordan Reeder and even freshmen Brette Harrington and Lauren Andrew, they all made plays. This is the first time they’ve played together as a team. This is what we’ve been waiting for.”
Whittell, which finished among the top eight teams at the 40-team High Sierra Invitational last weekend, travels to Las Vegas this weekend for the Durango Fall Classic. McLaughlin said he expects Karmann to return to the court this week as he only thinks she suffered a twisted ankle.
Fallon, which won the bronze division in the High Sierra Invitational, opens High Desert League play on Thursday against Bishop Manogue.
“I like our team, but we just killed ourselves with little mistakes,” Mullen said. “We’ve been playing more than practicing lately, so these are things that we’ll get over.”
WHS girls soccer romps
Tierney McKool scored three goals, while Megan Alexander and Hannah Daly each had two goals and an assist as the Whittell girls’ soccer team pounded Quincy 12-0 in a nonleague game on Monday in Zephyr Cove.
Austyn Harrington, Sasha Rupp, Kaitlin Potnick, Gabby Tracy and Natalie Daly all scored one goal for the Warriors (5-2), who were coming off a tough 2-1 loss to Incline last week. Whittell faces Lovelock on Thursday, Battle Mountain on Saturday, then returns to league play on Sept. 21 against North Tahoe.
In the JV game on Monday, Sarah Ehrler, Roxanne Bak, Holly Brumbach and Samantha Peel all scored as the Warriors beat Quincy 4-2.
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