Truckee volleyball | Wolverines get past Whittell in four
October 5, 2011
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. and#8212; In a rematch of last week’s rout, the Truckee volleyball team faced a little more fight from Whittell on Tuesday.
The Warriors put up a solid effort against the two-time defending 3A state champion Wolverines on Tuesday night in Zephyr Cove, but Truckee won in four close games, 26-24, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22.
and#8220;I thought Whittell played very much with passion,and#8221; said Truckee coach Erika Murphy. and#8220;We came up flat the beginning of the game.and#8221;
Whittell took it to Truckee early, jumping out to a 5-1 lead to start the first game. But Truckee eventually tied it at 9-9. The Wolverines went up 14-11 before Whittell caught up and took the lead back at 17-16 off of a Truckee hitting error.
They swapped the lead again before tying at 24-24 on a Megan Mize shot that went hard to the back row and knocked out by a Wolverine. But Whittell failed to get a shot back over the net and made it 25-24, which was followed by an Annie Reiswig kill for Truckee to seal the win.
The second game was just as close to start, but Truckee was able to get a 12-9 lead and stretch that to 22-17. The Warriors fought back to 23-21, but again Reiswig was there for the kill to make it 24-21. Truckee won the game on a Whittell serve into the net.
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The third game was all Whittell as Truckee never had the lead. The Warriors jumped out to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. The closest it got was 23-21, as Whittell’s Mize dominated the net. She had nine kills, three blocks, three aces and 15 digs on the night.
and#8220;She was getting comfortable, you could tell during that game,and#8221; said Whittell coach Nate Byrne.
The fourth game was close once again, starting out 4-5. Whittell tied the game at 15-15, but Truckee jumped to a 22-18 lead. Whittell came back to pull within one point at 22-21, but there was Reiswig once again with a kill to make it 23-21 that would lead to a Truckee win.
and#8220;We struggled the first two games,and#8221; Murphy said. and#8220;The girls when they get in an aggressive spot like that, they rise.and#8221;
Murphy praised the play of Karlie Mohun, who was on the bench for most of the match but came in the last five minutes of the fourth game and improved the Wolverines’ passing.
and#8220;She’d been cheering the whole time on the bench,and#8221; Murphy said. and#8220;Just coming off the bench, that’s a good thing for a kid to do.
and#8220;I think it helps the team when a player does that.and#8221;
Darby Reeder had 12 kills, four aces and 25 digs for Whittell. Emily Harris had 11 kills and 11 digs. Amanda Harris had seven kills and one block.