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North Tahoe volleyball gearing for 2A postseason

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Provided to the SunNorth Tahoe senior Laura Hansen slams one of her 21 kills against Battle Mountain on Friday. Junior Kelly Hester (5) picked up one of her 31 assists on the play as the Lakers defeated Battle Mountain in four games.

The North Tahoe High volleyball team has tasted success in the 3A.

Now, as a first-year member of the 2A, the Lakers are prepared to test the upper rung of their new division.

Just two more regular-season matches to go.

Playing on its home court Friday, North Tahoe defeated league opponent Battle Mountain in four games, 25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 25-16.

The win improved the Lakers’ league record to 7-2 and adjusted their overall mark to 18-8.

“They played well,” North Tahoe coach Tom LeFevers said of his team. “Battle Mountain is a tough team. They’re the type of team that won’t go away. They keep working hard the whole match.”

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Lakers senior middle blocker Laura Hansen tallied 21 kills, three blocks and three service aces. Senior libero Shirley Murray had six kills, Kayla Baumgardner had five kills and two aces, Leah Wall four kills and one block and Elly Roemer two kills and three blocks.

Junior setter Kelly Hester accounted for 31 assists and two aces, and Haley Burmer had four assists.

With only the two matches remaining ” one against first-place Whittell today ” the Lakers are likely to finish as the second seed in the Northern 2A, even if they beat the top-seeded Warriors (8-0 in league). Battle Mountain is in fourth with a 3-5 league record, and Lovelock is third at 5-2.

LeFevers said that, overall, he’s pleased with the Lakers’ progression this season.

“More or less,” the coach said when asked. “We still have a lot of work to do, but we’re coming together. It’s what we have to do, so we’ll do it.”

In spite of the Lakers’ loss in three games at Whittell on Sept. 11, LeFevers thinks his tall and athletic North Tahoe squad is capable of knocking off the Warriors.

“We both run similar offenses and defenses,” he said. “We match up pretty much across the board with Whittell. It depends on which team wants it more.”

While the Lakers are just settling in to their new division, Whittell has been a dominant force for years, winning five 2A state titles the past eight years, according to Nevadaprep.com. The Lakers, however, won the 3A state championship as recently as 2005.

The Truckee High volleyball team (12-0, 30-3) clinched a first-round bye for the six-team Northern 3A zone tournament, which will be held at Truckee on Nov. 3, according to Nevadaprep.com.

The top two teams from the zone tournament advance to the state tourney in Las Vegas to play the top two qualifiers from the Southern 3A.