Taxing match took toll on Truckee volleyball
Upsets are rough for those on the losing end.
Just ask the Truckee High volleyball coach Nicole Annaloro, whose No. 1-seeded Wolverines lost the championship match of the Nevada State High School Volleyball Championship in Las Vegas on Saturday.
“They were very crushed and very exhausted,” Annaloro said of her players after Truckee lost in four games to second-seeded Yerington. “It was an exhausting weekend from the get-go.”
Exhausting because the Wolverines traveled hundreds of miles to Las Vegas to take on a surprisingly scrappy Moapa Valley squad in the state semifinal Friday. Truckee won in five, 23-25, 25-15, 25-27, 25-14, 16-14. But it wasn’t easy.
“They were a relentless team,” Annaloro said of Moapa Valley. “Their defense was amazing, and their passing was nearly perfect. It was a lot of hard work for the girls (to earn the win).”
The crushing part stems from the fact that the Wolverines, who finished the regular season a perfect 14-0 in league play, defeated Yerington four times prior to Saturday’s title match ” including a win in three games in the regional championship.
Despite the previous results, however, the Wolverines were not cocky entering the state tournament, Annaloro said.
“They were not overconfident,” the second-year head coach said. “They knew going in that it was going to be a tough weekend and that Yerington would step it up. I just think physically and emotionally, it was too much for them.”
Yerington took the first game 24-26 before Truckee rebounded to win the second 25-19. Game 2 proved to be the last win of the season for the Wolverines, as the Lions swept the final two 16-25, 23-25.
Junior standout Kayla Lommori played a key role for the Lions, clubbing 25 kills to go along with her 10 blocks. She was awarded MVP of the tournament for her effort.
“Kayla was on fire,” Annaloro said. “The difference between this time and the other four (matches) is that she had the team backing her. Her teammates stepped it up.”
On the Truckee side, Nikki Schneider posted 14 kills, while Megan Murphy tallied 41 assists and four service aces. Melanie Lashbrook had 13 kills, and Alexa Terrell and Callan Finney had nine kills apiece. Truckee libero Kaylee Waters tallied 28 digs.
Against Moapa Valley, Finney had a monster match with 18 kills. Lashbrook had 11 kills in the match and Terrell 10, and Murphy had 45 assists.
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