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Truckee volleyball | Wolverines clinch postseason berth

Staff report

The Truckee volleyball team split a pair of Northern Division I-A matches on the road this past Friday and Saturday to secure a regional playoff berth.

The Wolverines opened the road trip against first-place Elko, which carried an undefeated league record into the match. Competing without junior Anais Fay, who rolled her ankle in practice the day before, Truckee also lost Madison Haley to a rolled ankle during the match before falling in four games, 17-25, 19-25, 25-20, 15-25.

Truckee bounced back to defeat Spring Creek in straight sets on Saturday, 25-15, 28-26, 28-26.

Truckee coach Erika Murphy said that despite the loss against Elko, the Wolverines played well, particularly without two of their middle blockers. Haley injured her ankle when an Elko player came under the net with her foot, and Haley landed on it while coming down from a block attempt. After the injury, Murphy said someone in the large Elko crowd yelled "No mercy!"

"Boy did that light my girls on fire," said the coach, who moved senior Kari Murphy, who normally plays on the right side, to Haley's middle blocker position. "They played well enough to keep up with Elko, but the crowd comments were like gasoline."

Sophomore Maia Dvoracek led the Truckee attack, as she finished with 20 kills, a block, 11 assists and 12 digs. Taylor Stevens tallied eight kills, 11 digs and a block, while Shelby Gendreau posted 28 assists, Murphy had nine digs, Tori Simpson three service aces, and Haley one block.

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Murphy was named Player of the Match for the Wolverines.

Against Spring Creek, Stevens earned Player of the Match honors after recording 11 kills and 12 digs. Dvoracek, who drove home the winning kill in the third set, finished with 17 kills, 11 digs and 24 assists, while Katie Fisher had five kills, two aces, a block and 13 digs, Lauren Anderson had six kills and nine digs, and Gendreau had 21 assists. Haley returned to action and contributed two aces.

"Ice and rest are on the agenda the next couple of days as we reload (this) week for two tough matches," said Murphy, referring to Truckee's final two league matches — at South Tahoe on Thursday and a makeup contest at home against second-place Lowry on Saturday.

The Wolverines, at 10-4 in league play, are looking to maintain their third seed entering the postseason tournament. Elko leads the way at 14-0 and is followed Lowry at 12-1. Dayton (9-6) and South Tahoe (8-7) are battling for the fourth and final playoff berth. Both teams have one match remaining, with South Tahoe hosting Truckee and Dayton hosting Fernley (2-12).

The Northern Division I-A regional tournament will be contested at Lowry High School in Winnemucca on Saturday, Nov. 8. The top two teams from regionals advance to state, which is scheduled for Nov. 14-15 at Hug High School in Reno.

Northern Division I-A standings

Team League Overall

xElko 14-0  21-4

xLowry         12-1  24-2

xTruckee     10-4  15-13

Dayton          9-6     20-9

South Tahoe 8-7     16-13

Fallon           5-9     14-16-1

Spring Creek      2-10  5-14

Fernley        2-12  5-21

Sparks          0-13  0-20

x – Clinched playoff berth