Truckee girls’ volleyball team looks to defend Class 3A Nevada state title
August 26, 2017
The reigning Class 3A Nevada state champions are back on the volleyball court and have their sights set on defending their title.
The Truckee volleyball team is coming off a dominant season, in which the girls went 16-0 in league play and ripped off 15 consecutive wins on their way to last year's state championship.
The Wolverines graduated Class 3A MVP Maia Dvoracek, second team all-state player Sara Grahn-Nilsson, second team all-league player Shelby Gendreau, and all-around position player Elli Simpson from that team, but will return this year with a strong class of seniors led by Madison Bromley, who was first team all-state as an outside hitter last season.
"We have a really great group of girls this year," Bromley said. "We definitely need some work in some areas, but I think this group of girls is going to go far."
The area of greatest concern for Bromley, who has been to the state championship game in both of her years on varsity, is the team's communication going into the season.
"Communication is going to be one of our weak points, and we need to work on that to make sure we go far this season," she said. "We have a lot of quiet girls, who have never played on varsity or this high of level."
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The team will return all six of their junior players from last year's state championship squad, giving Head Coach Erika Murphy a solid core of seniors to work with this season.
"I'm really pleased with them. We lost that big hitter — (Dvoracek), but I'd say we're more balanced. We have so many options," Murphy said.
"We haven't even started working on offense. We've just been working on defense for the last week and a half."
Returning for their senior years will be all-league honorable mention setter Jordan Brown, Hayli Stewart, Stephanie Randall, Emma Costa, and Mia Curtis.
"That brings a lot of stability, because they've all been to state," Murphy said. "They were all there."
Bromley, Randall, and Brown will return for their third year of varsity play.
The Wolverines hosted a scrimmage against four other squads and the Truckee junior varsity team on Monday, Aug. 21, where players like Bromley and Stewart brought a level of intensity that more mirrored a regular season game.
"(Stewart) is only 5'7" but she runs everything around the court," Murphy said. "She's just quick, she gets everywhere."
The Lady Wolverines begin their title defense on Wednesday, Aug. 30, when the squad travels to Roseville, Calif., to take on Woodcreek High.
Truckee will then play in the High Sierra Tournament in Reno, Nev., against several Class 4A schools, before the team's home and league opener against Fernley on Sept. 6.
Last year's toughest competition from the Northern League came from Churchill County, but the Greenwave graduated six seniors from that team; while last year's runners-up Moapa Valley will likely be a threat again with the return of all-state honorable mention player Eden Whitmore.