WHS volleyball beats Douglas (again)
Not only are they geographically close, Whittell and Douglas high schools have also gotten quite familiar with one another this volleyball season. The Tigers, though, have probably seen enough of their county rivals.
Jessica Woods had a team-high 20 kills and 12 digs, while Kendra Koskin added a career-high 17 kills in the Warriors’ 25-20, 23-25, 26-24, 25-16 nonleague victory on Saturday in Zephyr Cove. It was Whittell’s third win this season over Douglas.
“They didn’t make a lot of mistakes and we had to earn our points,” WHS coach Dan McLaughlin said of the Tigers. “Douglas came out very inspired and they were very competitive. Douglas doesn’t get intimidated by us like other teams do because they know us.”
The Warriors (17-8) beat the Tigers in last month’s High Sierra Invitational in Reno and also recorded a four-game victory over them last Friday in Minden. The latest meeting between the two teams increased Whittell’s current win streak to nine matches.
Kelly Karmann, Jordan Reeder and Megan Esquivel combined for 17 blocks, while Reeder added 38 assists and six digs. Brittany Makara, Lauren Andrew and Karmann combined for 14 digs in impressive defensive efforts.
“It wasn’t easy beating this team three times,” McLaughlin said. “They made us earn our keep each time. Overall, the offense was strong, but it was the defense that really kept us alive because we had to dig a lot and get sideouts.”
Whittell plays at Coleville on Tuesday, then has a Northern 2A doubleheader at Battle Mountain on Friday and a league match on Saturday at Lovelock.
STHS boys tie Reno
After losing to the Reno Huskies 2-1 last month, the South Tahoe boys’ soccer team was unable to exact revenge on them as it tied Reno 1-1 in a Sierra League match on Saturday at South Tahoe Middle School.
In the 46th minute, Bryan “Chino” Garcia controlled a 40-yard cross from Mac Cerceo and redirected it to the far post as South Tahoe led 1-0. But in the 62nd minute, the Huskies found the equalizer when a player defeated two defenders and crossed a ball into the box that was headed past keeper Gil Navarro.
Alfredo Solorio – South Tahoe’s starting keeper – is out with a deep thigh bruise and was replaced by Navarro, a field player. STHS coach Chris DeLeon was pleased with his team’s performance despite only collecting one point for the tie.
“It was awesome game,” DeLeon said. “They came out hard and we came out hard, so both teams knew what was at stake. We had plenty of opportunities to score, but we just couldn’t find a way to do it.”
South Tahoe (12-3-2 overall, 7-1-2 league) is now in second place in the league standings with 22 points. Carson, which beat Hug on Saturday, is in first place with an 8-1 record (24 points). The Vikings play at Wooster on Wednesday and at Douglas on Saturday.
STHS post shutout
Not much was resolved this past weekend for the South Tahoe girls’ soccer team as it tied Reno 0-0 in a Sierra League match on Saturday at South Tahoe Middle School. Candace Prescott posted the shutout in goal for the Vikings, who had beaten Reno 2-1 earlier this season and is now battling with them for second place in the league standings.
“Both teams were pretty even,” said girls’ coach Clint Lockhart. “Reno came out and put on a good defensive effort. We did the same, but it was a little disappointing we didn’t get a goal and pull out that victory.”
Carson is in first place at 7-0-2 (23 points) and Reno is in second at 6-2-1 (19 points). South Tahoe is 5-2-1 going into today’s makeup league game against Hug at 3 p.m. at STMS. A win over the Hawks would move STHS into a tie with Reno.
The Vikings (13-1-2) also play at Wooster on Tuesday, host North Tahoe on Wednesday, then play at Douglas on Saturday in Minden.