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Whittell victory worth smiling about

Michael Traum

Confidence is starting to flow atop Warrior Way.

The Whittell High volleyball team got a balanced attack in a 15-10, 15-8, 15-8 win over Truckee on Tuesday in Zephyr Cove. And the Warriors did it with a grin on their faces.

“It was a super-solid team effort. We played with passion and a smile on our faces,” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin, whose team improved to 17-5, 3-2 in division.

Erin Zaskoda flashed a fiery right cross to go along with her pearly whites, smacking a team-high 13 kills. Karin Kaleta added eight kills with three blocks, with Aurora Terry pounding down seven kills, Shannon McGlothlin five, Danielle Cronis two (her first-ever varsity kills) and Jamie Borge one. Jahna Rico laced a team-high 12 service points while Sarah Sufka delivered 36 assists.

Whittell’s junior varsity team won, 15-8, 15-10, upping its record to 6-3.

South Tahoe’s volleyball team easily dispatched Galena, 15-3, 15-13, 15-2, on Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.

“I was most happy with our passing. We were hitting well, too,” said Tahoe coach Gary Hankoff, whose team moved to 8-1 in division play. “We’ve been trying to find the right chemistry and we’re getting closer.”

Chantelle Young, Melissa Maxwell, Ardrian Hankoff and Courtney Wilson were equally defensive, each notching 10 digs. Hankoff banged a team-high 15 kills, with Young 10, Coral Cortez six, and Wilson, Maxwell and Alicia Lambert five each.

South Tahoe’s junior varsity lost, 10-15, 6-15.

A doubles team clean sweep highlighted the South Tahoe High girls tennis team’s 15-7 loss to McQueen at Plumas Park on Tuesday in Reno.

The No. 1 pair of Chrystal Hixenbaugh and Nikki Moore won three matches, including a 7-6 (7-3) victory over the Lancers’ No. 1.

“(McQueen’s No. 1) is probably ranked about third in the North. That ought to get them a seeding for the zone tournament next week and possibly get them into the state tournament,” said Tahoe coach Tom Barnes.

The Vikings (6-3) complete the regular season with two matches this week in South Lake Tahoe.

Patrick Heeran scored two goals and Max Glasson added one as the Whittell High junior varsity topped Bishop Manogue 3-2 on Tuesday at Zephyr Cove Park.

The Warriors upped their record to 3-1-1.

South Tahoe High junior Emily Magana scored a hat trick as the Viking girls soccer team spanked Fallon 6-2 Tuesday in Fallon.

“She has been stepping it up the last couple of games,” said STHS coach Julia Peyser.

Katrina Clapp, Ashlee Francis and Reggie Braun also found the net for the Vikings, who improved to 6-5 in the Northern Nevada League.

“We were a little sluggish in the first half, but they dominated the game in the second half,” Peyser said. “The intensity was there and that’s something we haven’t had in the past. They were pushing people off the ball and getting down and dirty.”

The Viking junior varsity blitzed Fallon, 7-0.

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