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Whittell volleyball team earns win over Incline

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The Whittell High volleyball team pulled off a win in its Northern Nevada 2A league opener against cross-lake rival Incline at home Tuesday night.

“The Warriors showed a lot of heart in beating a very strong, tall and physical opponent like Incline,” said Warriors coach Dan McLaughlin. “We overcame a lot of mistakes and still found ways to make the plays happen by hustling, getting the balls up and taking advantage of our team speed.

“This gives us a good start toward the league season.”

The Warriors won the match with scores of 25-23, 25-22, 24-26 and 25-14.

Tina Hordzwick (11 kills) and freshman Jessica Woods (five kills) led the offense, “but the real story was serving,” McLaughlin said.

Jackie Marino had 17 points and two aces, Woods had 14 points and six aces and Hordzwick had five points, two aces and two blocks. Katrina Kacirek added three blocks for Whittell, which is now 1-0 in the league with its next games coming up Saturday at Lovelock.

“Incline is one of the league favorites,” McLaughlin said, noting that the team is led by a former volleyball coach at the University of Southern California. “They came in as expected and played a very solid match. It was a very intense but mistake-filled game but the Warriors were able to have a balance attack and strong serving that eventually wore down the very well-coached Incline Highlanders.”

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