Truckee volleyball defeats old foe |

Truckee volleyball defeats old foe

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunJunior middle blocker Kayla Baumgardner of North Tahoe winds up for a kill as Truckee's Alexa Terrell attempts a block on Wednesday. The Wolverines won the non-league match in three games, 25-16, 25-16, 25-19

The rivalry is still alive. Forget that the North Tahoe and Truckee high volleyball teams no longer play in the same league.

On Wednesday the 3A Wolverines hosted their 2A foe in the second match-up of the season. Unlike the first meeting on Sept. 19, Truckee needed just three games to get past the Lakers, winning 25-16, 25-16, 25-19 in the school’s spacious new gym.

“We played well,” said Nicole Annaloro, Truckee’s head coach. “I thought (the Lakers) played well, too. They’re a good blocking team.”

Leading the way in the block department was North Tahoe senior Laura Hansen, who posted five blocks to go along with her three kills.

The Lakers’ Haley Burmer had two kills and two blocks, Kayla Baumgardner had five kills, one service ace and one block and Sidney Courcier two kills and one ace. Junior setter Kelly Hester collected 13 assists.

On the Truckee side, sophomore libero Kaylee Waters tallied an impressive 17 kills and five service aces.

Senior setter Megan Murphy posted 20 assists, Melanie Lashbrook had eight kills and two blocks, Alexa Terrell six kills, three aces and one block and Callan Finney six kills.

The win improved Truckee’s record to 28-3 overall on the season. The Wolverines remain unbeaten atop the Northern 3A standings at 10-0. The Lakers, who are second in their league behind Whittell, are now 17-8 overall and 6-2 in the Northern 2A.

North Tahoe gave Truckee one of its toughest matches of the season last month when they pushed the contest to four games. Despite a large and enthusiastic crowd piled into the North Tahoe gym, the Wolverines prevailed 25-20, 21-25, 25-13, 27-25.

The only 3A team to take Truckee to four games this year is defending state champion Yerington, which plays at Truckee on Saturday at 6 p.m.

North Tahoe hosts Whittell on Oct. 23 in a battle of the first- and second-place teams.

The season is nearing an end for both Truckee and North Tahoe. The Wolverines power out against league opponents Dayton, Yerington, Fernley and Sparks, and North Tahoe faces Battle Mountain today at 4:30 p.m., then closes with Whittell and Incline.

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