Truckee volleyball tuned up for zones
October 23, 2007
Dominance is the name of Truckee volleyball’s game ” has been since Day 1.
Since breezing through the season-opening Lowry Tournament on Aug. 24-25, winning 10 straight, the Wolverines have steadily taken care of business on the court, leaving little doubt which team is the class of the Northern 3A.
Results prove just that, as Truckee remains a perfect 12-0 in the Northern 3A and 30-3 overall. (The result from Tuesday’s match against Sparks was not available at press time.)
Truckee’s three losses came against Ponderosa, Ripon and Rio Americano ” all large California programs ” in the Galena Tournament on Sept. 7-8. In the same tournament, Truckee defeated Galena, Leland, Whittell and Roseville twice to win the Jack Division and finish 5-3.
While challenging the larger schools in the Galena Tournament resulted in the only blemishes on the Wolverines’ record, Truckee coach Nicole Annaloro said the experience gained playing against such a high level of competition was priceless.
Her team hasn’t lost since in 13 matches, all of which were against Northern 3A opponents except two against non-league rival North Tahoe.
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During that stretch, only North Tahoe ” which is playoff bound in the Northern 2A ” and Yerington have pushed the Wolverines to a fourth game.
Asked to pin down the key to Truckee’s success, Annaloro didn’t hesitate.
“Our defense, without a doubt,” she said. “They don’t let many balls drop.”
The coach quickly added that Truckee is no slouch on the offensive side, either.
“On the flip side, we have smart players (on offense) who know when to put the ball down.” In other words, Truckee players have a keen sense of when to hammer home a kill.
They’ve also improved since Day 1 in nearly every facet of the game, Annaloro said, particularly with their serves and ability to adjust from match to match, which enables the Wolverines to keep their opponents on their toes and guessing.
All the hard work and success paid off, as Truckee clinched the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye, as well as home-court advantage in the Northern 3A zone tournament on Saturday, Nov. 3. The top two teams from the zone tournament advance to the state tournament in Las Vegas on Nov. 9-10.
“I’m really excited about it,” Annaloro said of hosting zones. “We hope to have a big crowd and a lot of support from the community.”
Truckee wraps up its regular season with a home match against Fernley tomorrow at 6 p.m.