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Whittell swinger right where they want to be

The Warrior volleyball team is honed, primed and pumped for the Northern 2A playoffs after a weekend of play seated them as runner-up in league.

Whittell defeated Battle Mountain 15-3, 15-4, 15-13 at home Friday.

“We played very well against them,” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin.



Jessica Rickman dominated the middle with seven kills, eight points and five blocks. Dominating the outside was fellow senior Shelly Zaskoda with four kills and two aces.

Sophomore Anna Kingman had as many kills and five aces to lead serving.




Tina Hordzwick had three kills.

On Saturday, the Warriors took on West Wendover, which had only one victory this year, and split their doubleheader.

The Warriors won the first match in three, 15-4, 15-12 and 15-5.

Rickman led with 10 kills seven blocks and an ace. Zaskoda had eight kills and six aces.

Whitney Gielow and Alicia Thorne fell into a rhythm serving with 12 and 11 service points, respectively. Thorne also had four aces.

“Wendover is a very good team. They played a solid game. It was difficult to match up with them,” McLaughlin said.

The victory solidified Whittell’s place as runner-up in league at 9-2 with only one match remaining.

That fact may have crept into the Warrior psyche as their final league match went to the Wolverines 6-15, 15-3, 15-9, 12-15, 10-15.

“The game was far more important to West Wendover than it was to us,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said the Warriors came out flat after a break. While they recovered in games two and three, they lost intensity in game four and never got it back.

McLaughlin said he isn’t worried.

“We didn’t even talk about it. I just sent them off their own way. It wasn’t something worth making a big deal over because it was just a glitch,” he said.

The Warriors start the first round of the Northern 2A Championships at Hawthorne on Friday at 2 p.m. They’ll play the fifth seed, which has yet to be determined.

“I’m very comfortable with our team. We got to be second in league because we’re good. If we play our game, we’re fine,” McLaughlin said. “We’re playing some of our best volleyball right now.”


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