Wolves can’t find way out of the ‘Woods’
If last year’s Nevada state 1A runner-up, Coleville, had dreams of upsetting the two-time defending state 2A champions in their home opener, then they forgot about Jessica Woods.
The Whittell High junior was in top form on Tuesday night, executing 14 kills in 20 attempts as the Warriors swept the Wolves 25-11, 25-23 and 25-16 in the nonleague match in Zephyr Cove.
“They couldn’t block her,” said Whittell coach Dan McLaughlin. “We played much better than we did in the North Tahoe match (last week).”
Woods also delivered six service points, four aces and two digs. She was aided by setter Sarah Ingenluyff’s 27 assists, two points, ace and a dig.
Christina Richardson keyed the defensive effort with five digs, enabling the Warriors to make a smooth transition into their attacking offense.
McLaughlin was pleased with the performance of sophomore right-side hitter Jordan Reed, who contributed eight kills, six points, three digs, two blocks and an ace.
Also providing all-around stats were Katrina Kacirek with three kills, six points and two digs and Katie Komorowski with three blocks, eight touches and a dig.
Whittell (3-0) will participate in the High Sierra Invitational, starting Friday at Damonte Ranch High School in Reno. The two-day tournament will also be played at Galena and Bishop Manogue and there is a chance that the Warriors, who are seeded second in their pool, could meet South Shore rival STHS on Saturday.
Soccer match postponed
The Whittell-Quincy boys’ soccer match scheduled for Tuesday was postponed.
The Warriors found out Tuesday morning that the school hadn’t put in a bus request for the trip so there was no way to make it to the match. Buses must be requested at least two weeks in advance in Douglas County.
The game, however, is expected to be made up at a later day.
Whittell is scheduled to play host to Dayton on Thursday at 3 p.m.
STHS doubles up on Douglas
The South Tahoe High girls’ tennis team won eight of nine doubles matches to defeat Douglas 13-5 in its home opener on Tuesday.
The duo of Lizzy Goldenberg and Sydney Dufty won two doubles matches and six other combinations won at least a match. Savannah Cherry and Hannah Kropf, Katie Killebrew and Cierra Rawlings, Jenny Schmedes and McKenzie Usher, Lauren Sannazzaro and Chela Wahl, Brooke Borges and Usher and Simone Sannazzaro and Allison Abicht also were part of victories in doubles play.
“The girls basically came out and took care of business in the first round, so I started to sub to get a lot of girls playing time,” said STHS coach Pat Fagen, who played 19 Vikings.
Masha Long and Jade Copple led STHS’s singles play, winning two matches apiece. Copple won both of her sets at love, while Long won by 6-1, 6-0 counts. No. 2 Vikings’ singles player McKenzie Pimley won her only match 6-0.
STHS (1-2 overall, 1-1 in the Sierra Division), plays host to Hug on Thursday at 3 p.m.
“I told the girls were going to use the rest of the season to get better, but they have to keep working hard with playoffs in mind since we got the two tough ones out of the way at the beginning,” Fagen said.
STHS boys tennis beats division foe
South Tahoe’s boys’ tennis team rebounded from two straight losses to start the season by beating Sierra Division foe Douglas 12-6 Tuesday in Minden.
The doubles team of Jamie Moore and Hans Mayer won all three of their matches, while singles players Nathan Garofalos and Jimmy Roberts each won two matches. Roberts, a sophomore, lost 7-5 to Douglas’ No. 1 player Gabe Grobin. It was Roberts’ first regular season loss of his high school year.
After difficult losses to Reno and Galena, which are the top two teams in the Northern 4A, Zach Kropf won his first match of the season, winning 6-2 in the first round. The doubles team of Tyler Venema and Nick Smith won one match, while the doubles team of Sean Brower and Smith won another match.
“This was an important match because it basically puts us in a position to finish second – for now,” said coach Kyle Horvath. “If we lost this one, we would be looking at third or fourth and fighting to get kids into the end-of-the-season tournaments.”
South Tahoe’s next match is on Thursday against Hug in Reno and its next home match is on Sept. 13 against Carson. The match against the Senators is when the Vikings’ fund-raiser raffle will be held. South Tahoe raised more than $400 during its fund-raiser event last Friday.
Bigelow takes second, Vikings third at golf match
Jennifer Bigelow shot a team-best 93 and took second place overall at the second Sierra Division golf match of the season Tuesday at Wildcreek Golf Course in Reno. Bigelow’s total was eight strokes in back of the individual winner from Reno, which took first as a team with 480 strokes.
Carson finished second with 513 strokes and South Tahoe took third with a 515. The Vikings finished second at last week’s division meet. The Vikings’ Jenelle Alessi finished in a tie for fourth with a 95 and Mollie Novasel took eighth with a 97.