WHS girls’ soccer team posts huge victory
The Whittell girls’ soccer team went 0-2-1 against the North Shore powers during the first half of the league season. The Warriors hope a new trend develops in the second half.
Sasha Rupp and Tierney McKool each scored goals as Whittell fought back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Incline 2-1 in a 3A Tahoe League match on Tuesday in Incline Village. It was Whittell’s first win over Incline since the Warriors defeated the Highlanders in the 2A state championship game in 2000.
“We felt we outplayed them the first time around, so all we wanted to do was to play them again and get back at them,” said WHS coach Tony Cormier. “That happened today.”
The Highlanders scored in the first 30 seconds of the game to make it 1-0. Whittell, though, found the equalizer five minutes later when Rupp scored on a through ball from Christine Jurzenski.
Whittell, which has held leads in each game this season against North Tahoe, Incline and Truckee, went up 2-1 early in the second half on a long-range shot from Tierney McKool. But on Tuesday, the Warriors finally figured out how to hold a lead against a lake foe.
“The first half was kind of back and forth, both teams possessed, but we definitely dominated the second half,” Cormier said. “This is exactly what we wanted.”
Whittell (13-3-1 overall, 2-2-1 league) travels to play Truckee on Thursday. The two teams battled to a 2-2 tie earlier this season in Zephyr Cove.
Whittell beats Spanish Springs
Whittell High had little difficulty in beating its third Northern 4A school on Tuesday, sweeping Spanish SPrings 25-20, 25-13, 25-15 in Zephyr Cove.
The Warriors had previously beaten Reed and Galena this season.
Still, Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin said the team didn’t play as well as it had in past matches.
“A bit of a hangover,” McLaughlin said. “The Warrior were not playing as fast-paced following a tough weekend in the Durango tournament.”
Jordan Reeder had 12 kills, four digs, 12 assists and two blocks, while Kendra Koskin delivered five kills, two aces and two blocks. Also for the Warriors, Lauren Andrew had four kills, two blocks, 12 assists and an ace; Brette Harrington made nine digs; and Brittney Makara and Emily Scharer each had two kills. Foreign exchange student Gosha Gosiaskwarlinska saw her first action for the Warriors and executed a perfect pass, according to McLaughlin.
Whittell, 10-4 overall, plays two key Northern 2A matches against Battle Mountain on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Damonte sweeps Vikings
The Damonte Ranch volleyball team defeated South Tahoe 25-19, 25-10, 25-10 in a Sierra League match on Tuesday at STHS. Caroline Baghdikian had a team-high five kills and Erica Kolari added a team-high four blocks.
Hillary Santana contributed 10 assists and Erika Marty had two aces for the Vikings (4-7 overall, 3-7 league), who play another league game on Thursday at Reno.
Incline tops WHS boys
A short-handed Whittell boys’ soccer team couldn’t find the net on Tuesday in a 4-0 Tahoe League loss to Incline in Incline Village. The Warriors were missing players due to grades, injuries and red-card suspensions.
Whittell’s best chance to score was on a penalty kick that the Incline keeper saved. The Warriors (0-5 league) play at Quincy in a nonleague game next Tuesday.
– Tribune Sports Editor Steve Yingling contributed to this report.