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Volleyball squad beats Lakers

Matt Riddle

Where’s a broom?

With or without one, the Wolverine volleyball squad beat North Tahoe for their second game of the season in as many meetings in four sets, 15-11, 15-10, 4-15 and 15-5.

Truckee beat them Sept. 13 for the first time in 15 years and with both wins, they’ve swept them for the regular season. Saturday, however, they get the chance to beat them a third time in the first round of the playoffs at Bishop Manogue High in Reno.

“The girls did really good against North Tahoe,” coach Maggie Shane said. “They were intimidated a little in the first game, you could see it in their faces.”

The players were excited.

“We’ve been working to beat North Tahoe for like 20 years or something and this year we beat them twice, so I’m stoked about that,” senior Jessie Turner said.

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They weren’t expecting North Tahoe to be the same team, but soon found out it was the same team they beat in three straight sets.

“We were really nervous because we heard they got a lot better and I think that our momentum was the key,” Jacqueline Diaz said. “We had the most fast-paced playing, we just knew where we needed to be, our mistakes were far and few between and I think we did really well.”

In the first set against the Lakers, Truckee fell behind 2-9 on several rally points. But maybe after getting a little inspiration from their home-drawn tank tops that read “Screw the blue” on the front with a crude screw instead of spelling the word out and on the back “drown the Lakers.” They went on a 23-6 scoring run that extended well into the second set. The shirts were made in retaliation of the last game when the North Tahoe players wore shirts that red “Shred the red.” Despite that, the regular season sweep doesn’t translate into an automatic win.

“It can go either way but I think that it can be positive,” Shane said. “They’ll feel confident when they play them on Saturday. They’ll know that they’ve beaten them twice, they’ll know they have the ability to do it.”

After the first and second decisive sets, 15-11 and 15-10, North Tahoe roared back and took the third 15-4.

“We got in the fourth game and we’re like ‘no, we’re not going to a fifth game,'” senior Laura Ford said. “Rally score, we’re usually not too good at so we had it pick it up and finish them and we did.”

Truckee won the fourth 15-5.

“Volleyball is all about who can make the most mistakes,” Shane said. “You missed a ball, you’ve made a mistake, so that makes a big difference.”

This was the last home game of the season, making a sad departure for the seniors.

“I think Jessie (Turner) wanted to have a really nice, good game,” Shane said. “It’s her last home game. She did very well, she tends to be a little up and down but she did very well.”

Turner finished 16 kills on the night, followed by Diaz with 11 kills plus three blocks.

“Jacqueline (Diaz) has been working very hard all week to step up her blocking and block the ball,” Shane said. “She’s had a lot of practices the last few days.”

They play North Tahoe at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Bishop Manogue High in northern Reno. The winner advances to play Bishop Manogue at 1 p.m.