Host Truckee volleyball wins Northern 3A tourney
Second-seeded Yerington laid it all on the court in the championship match of the Northern 3A Girls Volleyball Championship on Saturday.
It didn’t matter. There was far too much Wolverine for the Lions to handle, as No. 1-seeded host Truckee swept the regional title match in three games, 25-21, 25-13, 25-19, to up its undefeated league mark to 16-0. The Lions are now 12-4 in Northern 3A league play after going 1-1 in Saturday’s tournament.
“I’m just pumped,” said Melanie Lashbrook, a senior middle blocker who led Truckee’s offensive onslaught with 10 kills and four blocks. “We played really well as a team.”
Truckee senior middle blocker Alexa Terrell, who contributed eight kills, two blocks and six service aces to the winning effort, said she was not surprised by the lopsided outcome.
“I think we pretty much played our game and put Yerington in their place ” as No. 2,” she said. “We expected them to come out strong, but we knew if we played our game we’d beat them, because we are the champs.”
Junior outside hitter Callan Finney tallied five kills and three aces, while junior Nikki Schneider posted four kills and senior Megan Murphy 28 assists.
“I’m so proud of them,” said Nicole Annaloro, Truckee’s second-year head coach. “I feel like they’ve come a long way since last year. The maturity level and chemistry are unbelievable. I’ve never had a team with this kind of chemistry.
“Throughout the season they’ve bonded. They support each other on and off the court.”
On the court Saturday, playing in front of a boisterous home crowd, the Wolverines were all business.
While the Lions stayed relevant forcing four ties and two lead changes early in Game 1, Truckee slowly but surely pulled away as the contest wore on, scoring three straight points to end the game at 25-21. The four-point differential was as close as the defending state champs would get to victory against the undefeated Wolverines.
Yerington started strong in Game 2, scoring the opening point and nipping at the Wolverines’ heels until a 6-0 Truckee run drew a Lions timeout. After the Lions put together a 7-2 run of their own following the timeout, Truckee closed on a 13-3 tear to easily wrap up the second game.
By this time, the Wolverines had effectively stripped the spunk from the previously vocal Yerington faithful ” and the Lion supporters never regained their fire.
The Lions again opened the scoring in Game 3. But the 1-0 lead would be their last, as a Schneider kill evened the score before the Wolverines gained the lead and never looked back.
Truckee, which received a first-round bye, defeated Incline 25-12, 25-16, 25-10 in the semifinal.
Nikki Schneider posted 10 kills. Alexa Terrell had six kills, Callan Finney five kills and five aces, Megan Murphy 26 assists and four aces and Kaylee Waters 18 digs and four aces
Truckee and Yerington will compete in the Nevada State High School Volleyball Girls Championship at Silverado High School in Las Vegas on Nov. 9-10.
“We’re undefeated, and no (volleyball team has) done that in Truckee history,” Lashbrook said. “No one’s going to stop us.”
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