Battling on Dollar Hill
A battle royal settled into the gym on Dollar Hill Wednesday night, and despite solid play on both sides, it was Truckee that walked away victorious.
After four games, the last of which went into extra points, the Wolverines had taken the match from rival North Tahoe, 3-1.
The Wolverines improved to 20-3 overall and the Lakers are 3-3. Neither team’s league record was affected, as the Lakers are competing for the first year in the Northern 2A division while Truckee remains a member of the 3A.
Nevertheless, the longtime foes always seem to put on an entertaining show. Wednesday’s match was no exception.
The first game went to Truckee, 25-20. As one might expect, the Lakers battled back, winning the second game 25-21.
Game 3 appeared to be the beginning of the end for the Lakers, as Truckee extended the previous point spreads, winning 25-13.
Throughout a valiant do-or-die effort by North Tahoe, Game 4 was an exciting nail biter. The Lakers started out with a lead of only a couple points, which they kept until Truckee tied things up at 18.
From then on it was a back-and-forth bout, with North Tahoe going up by one, Truckee tying it up, taking the lead and then North Tahoe catching up again.
A missed serve by North Tahoe gave Truckee the window it needed, and the Wolverines took the final game by a score of 27-25.
“I thought North Tahoe played fantastic,” Truckee head coach Nicole Annaloro said. “It was good preparation for us to face that type of competition and also a big crowd.”
North Tahoe’s Kayla Baumgardner led the Laker offense with eight kills and seven blocks. Laura Hansen came in with four kills, Kelley Hester put up 18 assists and Leah Wall tallied three aces on the evening.
Despite the close loss, head Laker coach Tom LeFevers was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I thought it was great,” LeFevers said after the match. “That’s the best we’ve played all year.”
On the Truckee side, it was junior Callan Finney leading the offensive charge with 13 kills. Fellow junior Nikki Schneider and senior Melanie Lashbrook both tallied nine kills and senior setter Megan Murphy posted 26 assists and six service aces.
“My girls played well,” Annaloro said.
The Wolverines play at Yerington today (Friday) at 6 p.m. and host Dayton on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Lakers play at Lovelock Friday at 4 p.m. and at Battle Mountain Saturday at 1 p.m. North Tahoe does not return home until Oct. 2, when it hosts Silver Stage at 4:30 p.m.
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