Young guns Railroaders off court
As South Tahoe’s volleyball squad played with Sparks on Tuesday, the spiking Vikings were playing with fire.
South Tahoe’s girls spotted Sparks leads of 5-0 and 14-11 before rallying to take the first set 16-14. After that, the Railroaders couldn’t mount a serious challenge, and South Tahoe took their second home match, winning all three games.
“I think they gained a little composure and came back,” said Vikings head coach Gary Hankoff. “I thought we were going to lose that first game.”
Instead, the Vikings rallied as the front line started working to precision. Senior outside hitter Chantelle Young steadied her team as they pulled out the first game. Young, calling for the ball from sophomore setter Jessica Urreaga, finished with 14 kills, including the one to cap the 16-14, 15-5, 15-1 win.
“I just knew that someone had to bring the team up because we were kind of down tonight,” Young said.
Having only 16 practices before the start of the season made Tuesday an opportunity for Hankoff to test some new places. It also provided another opportunity for Urreaga, Young and outside hitter and co-captain Courtney Wilson – who had 11 kills Tuesday – to jell.
“I’m definitely used to (Jessica) because she’s the best setter I’ve had,” Young said.
South Tahoe continues its schedule Saturday with a trip to Elko for a 10 a.m. match.
South Tahoe boys 15, Truckee 7 1/2
Sophomore Parker Alexander and South Tahoe’s doubles teams paced the Vikings to a win in their tennis opener, 15-7 over Truckee on Tuesday in South Lake Tahoe.
Alexander, who entered the day as South Tahoe’s third seed, rallied from a 6-4 loss to Aron Borghello to defeat Truckee’s top seed, John Parker, 7-6. Alexander also defeated second seed Nick Ratto 6-4.
“I just wanted to win because it was the first real match I’ve ever played,” said Alexander, who served nearly flawlessly to lead South Tahoe.
Alexander fended off some strong serves from Truckee’s players to win two of his first three matches. Top seed Colin Moulton was undefeated for South Tahoe.
The top doubles teams also came up big for South Tahoe: the top-seeded Vikings, Joedy Michael and Andy Mora, knocked off Truckee’s top-seeded team 7-6, coming back from a 6-3 deficit in the tiebreaker, as well as two more wins. South Tahoe’s second seeds, Chris Stamey and Keenyn Wallace, added a 6-0 win over Truckee’s second seeds, and two more victories.
“I think it was pretty good for the first day,” said South Tahoe coach Pat Fagen. “I think we started slowly with some nerves. It was the first match I’ve ever coached where our depth won it for us.”
South Tahoe’s boys resume play with another home match at 3:30 p.m. Thursday against Sparks.
Whittell boys 6, Rite of Passage 1
Whittell’s boys bounced back from a loss to powerhouse North Tahoe with a 6-1 win over Rite of Passage in Zephyr Cove on Tuesday.
“We played OK – not great, but good enough to get the job done,” said Whittell coach Steve Maltase, who praised the play of the team’s young players.
The Warriors improved to 5-3 on the season. Chris Markt scored two goals to lead Whittell, while Kyle Spingola, Cesar Manzano, Bryan Sigel and Brett Schussel added one apiece. The Warriors managed to seal the win despite playing the final 20 minutes without leader Todd Echan, who left the game with a calf injury. The team will know more about Echan’s injury today, but Maltase anticipates being without Echan’s services for a few days.
Whittell’s soccer schedule continues Saturday with a trip to the Del Campo Jamboree near Sacramento, where the Warriors draw Ponderosa at 4 p.m. Friday, and Forest Lake at 6 p.m. the same day.
“We’re anticipating very strong competition,” Maltase said. “It’ll definitely be an eye-opener for a lot of our younger guys. But, regardless of that, it’ll be good experience.”
South Tahoe girls 2, McQueen 0
South Tahoe’s girls hit the road in search of a road win Tuesday, and remained undefeated, bringing back a 2-0 win over McQueen.
The Vikings (2-0-2 overall), picked up their second league win after tying their first two league games. Sophomore forward Reggie Braun scored her first goal of the season and senior forward Jen Hamm added another goal for the Vikings. Goalie Sarah Junge, a senior, had 10 saves to protect the win for the Vikings.
“We played awesome,” said South Tahoe head coach Julia Peyser. “The girls did a really good job. Everybody got to play, and we had a really good game.”
The Vikings resume play Saturday with an 11 a.m. game against Douglas at South Tahoe Middle School.
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