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Truckee volleyball | Wolverines heat up after slow start, beat Vikings

Sylas Wright
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Sylas Wright / Sierra SunKaylee Lewis smashes a kill during Truckee's win in four games against South Tahoe on Tuesday.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The visiting South Tahoe volleyball team had all the momentum on its side of the net.

Or so it seemed.

After the Vikings eked out a narrow victory in the first set and stormed back from behind to take a 19-10 lead in the second, the Wolverines scratched and clawed their way back into the match en route to a win in four games Tuesday, 26-28, 29-27, 25-11, 25-14.

and#8220;South Tahoe played great and with total passion,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Erika Murphy, whose Wolverines improved to 7-0 in Mount Rose League play. and#8220;We did not serve well the first match, nor did we execute any major kills. After readjusting our lineup and rotation, we did much better with the front row.

and#8220;Sometimes the enthusiastic sophomores, Mackenzie Redner and Chelsea Mohun, spark the emotion on the court.and#8221;

The first two games were back-and-forth barn burners, with the first set alone featuring 14 ties and nine lead changes before the Vikings eventually pulled it out on a kill by Drew Norberg.

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Truckee took a quick 7-0 lead in the second game and appeared to be on its way to an easy win. But South Tahoe rallied back, outscoring the Wolverines 19-3, including a 9-0 run, to take a commanding 19-10 lead.

The two-time defending state champs were not about to go down quietly, however. The Wolverines chipped away at the lead until knotting the score at 24-all, after twice facing game point. Play went back and forth until Truckee ended it, 29-27, on a South Tahoe hit out of bounds.

and#8220;We started out slow. We were not talking and South Tahoe was doing a really good job playing as a team,and#8221; said Truckee senior middle blocker Kiersten Knoppel, who finished with 15 kills in the match. and#8220;The middle of the second game we started playing more as a team and were able to come back.and#8221;

It was all down hill from there for the Vikings, who never regained their swagger as the Wolverines won the last two sets with relative ease.

and#8220;They let game two slip away due to a case of the nerves,and#8221; said South Tahoe head coach Danny McLaughlin. and#8220;Then they completely fell apart after that because they stopped passing and starting pressing.

and#8220;We stopped running our system and completely shut down in games three and four. We started forcing balls and made tons of unforced errors.and#8221;

Annie Reiswig, who was a force down the stretch for the Wolverines, posted a match-high 20 kills. Angelena Sahlberg had 24 serves, and Katie Mohun and Chelsea Mohun both had nine digs.

Norberg led South Tahoe with 18 kills and four blocks, while Page Gustofson finished with 22 assists and four service aces.