Zaskoda, McGlothlin, Johnson make all-DII volleyball team
While Whittell surprised a few foes with its run to fourth place in the Nevada 3A volleyball tournament, the team surprised no one by placing three Warriors on the all-division team.
Senior Erin Zaskoda and junior Shannon McGlothlin headlined Whittell’s selections by making the Northern Nevada 3A Division II first team, and junior Carlye Johnson, Whittell’s setter, is a member of the second team. The division announced the selections, including the three unanimous choices from Whittell, on Thursday.
“The other coaches were glad to know Erin was a senior and very unhappy to find out that Shannon and Carlye were juniors,” said Whittell head coach Dan McLaughlin.
“It’s not surprising, because they were definitely the players who held us together,” he said.
Whittell finished 9-3 in league play this season, good for a third-place finish behind Hawthorne and Dayton – by virtue of a tiebreaker with the Dust Devils. The Warriors, though, advanced from that position during the zone tournament to finish second behind Hawthorne and qualify for their eighth straight state tournament. At the state tournament, Whittell rallied from an opening-match loss to advance through the consolation bracket and take fourth.
Zaskoda was without question Whittell’s statistical and floor leader throughout the season after making the division team last season. The senior co-captain also earned a spot on the all-state-tournament team with her play at the state tournament in Henderson and Las Vegas.
“It feels really good that you can be noticed and appreciated by your competition,” Zaskoda said.
“I knew we could do it, so I wasn’t surprised. We just had different obstacles to overcome.”
McGlothlin provided Whittell with a dominating front line despite the Warriors having no player taller than 5-9. For McGlothlin, the recognition represented arrival at a new level.
“I’m really excited, because I’m only a junior,” McGlothlin said. “This is a really big step for me. Throughout the year, I’ve been trying my hardest to do my best.”
It also was a payoff of perseverance. McGlothlin and Zaskoda were marked players on the court, but were able to burn opposing defenses geared to stop them.
“We just kept going at it,” McGlothlin said. “We wouldn’t stop, even if we got a couple of misses.”
Not only will McGlothlin return next year, but she still will have Johnson setting her up on the offense, which has McLaughlin happy about next year’s prospects.
“It’s pretty exciting, because I get my setter and two of my three all-division players back,” he said.
Johnson kept the offense running smoothly, distributing the ball between Zaskoda, McGlothlin and sophomore Ashley Berns – all while keeping defenses on their toes with her offense.
“I’m really looking forward to next year,” Johnson said. “It’ll be fun.
“We just all put our efforts together and got stuff done.”
Hawthorne, the Division II champ and state runner-up to eventual champion Moapa Valley, had the most all-division selections after posting an 11-1 record within the division. Serpents senior Ashlee Orndorff was the player of the year, and two of her teammates made the first team, one on the second.
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