Break leaves Laker volleyball stagnant |

Break leaves Laker volleyball stagnant

Alex Close/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe's Laura Hansen serves against visiting Lovelock on Wednesday.

From the beginning, the North Tahoe volleyball team appeared to have visiting Lovelock (Pershing County) under control in the Lakers’ home opener Tuesday night.

North Tahoe kept the score within one or two points and even took the lead once or twice.

But when the scoreboard came to read about 15 for both teams, the Mustangs began to leave the Lakers behind.

When Lovelock reached 25 points to take the first game, North Tahoe’s side of the scoreboard read 17.

The rest of the match went similarly, with North Tahoe keeping things exciting but not quite doing enough to get a win.

Game 2 was the real nail biter of the evening.

The game started out like the first one, with a tightly played flow and an even score up to about 15 points. Just like the first game, that’s when Lovelock again began to leave the Lakers in the dust.

This time, however, the Lakers fought back and forced a Mustang time-out by tying the score at 18 points.

Both teams traded points from then on until the Mustangs took the game, 26-24.

Lovelock jumped on North Tahoe in the third game, forcing a quick time-out by going up on the Lakers, 9-6.

The Lakers battled back to bring things to within two points, at 14-12, and force a Mustang time-out.

North Tahoe stayed close for the remainder of the game, pulling to within two, at 23-21, and appeared to be gaining momentum entering the final points.

It was not to be, however, as a bad Laker serve gave the Mustangs the 25-23 win.

While both teams had to deal with the same issue, Lakers head coach Tom LeFevers pointed to the Labor Day holiday as a big factor in his team’s unfocused performance.

“It was a bad day to have a match,” LeFevers said.

Because of the holiday weekend ” which saw players out of town and an extra day out of school ” the Lakers hadn’t practiced or played in four days, and their mental game wasn’t up to par, LeFevers said.

North Tahoe hosts Sparks tonight (Sept. 6) at 5 p.m. The Lakers then travel to Hawthorne (Mineral County) on Saturday and Whittell on Tuesday. The team returns to Dollar Hill next Thursday to host rival Truckee at 6 p.m.

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