Girl’s volleyball coming of strong season
Volleyballl coach Maggie Shane is keeping the optimism high after last year’s underdog run in the state tournament. Despite losing eight seniors from last year, four seniors and seven juniors are expected to pick up the slack for this season.
“The kids have a lot of talent,” Shane said. “We just have to work out the kinks. The juniors have a new offense and defense to learn. We’re still working those things out.”
Last season started slow for Truckee High’s volleyball squad, but they held on long enough to earn an invite to the conference finals, despite finishing seventh in the division. There, they landed a spot in the state tournament.
“We barely made it in, squeeked in,” Shane said. “We had a great day, (and) knocked out a bunch of teams from the tournament.”
In the state tournament in Las Vegas, however, they drew Moapa Valley. Moapa Valley entered the tournament with 11 consecutive Nevada state championship titles. They left the tournament with their 12th. The six returning players remember the Las Vegas tournament well.
“They’re motivated, they’re excited,” Shane said. “They went to state last year, they got a taste of what it feels like. They had a good time.”
Senior Laura Ford remembers the tournament and the hype surrounding it.
“It was like walking into a huge stadium,” she said. “And you’re like, wow, there’s a lot of people here.”
The number one asset for the squad is in being able to rely on all the players evenly.
“I don’t have any big hitters,” Shane said. “It will make for a team effort instead of having a few standouts.”
Junior Jacqueline Diaz thinks the newcomers can stand out a bit.
“I think we have a lot of spirit to bring to the team,” she said.
As for predicting the season, the proverbial high school sports “P” word gets thrown around.
“Once they start working as a team they have a lot of potential,” Shane said. “They pass well. We have some talented setters as we pull through the season. It’s just going to get better.”
Another weapon in Shane’s arsenal is transfer student junior Melissa Gadsby, from Douglas High in Minden. Gadsby grew up in Truckee, moved to Minden before ninth grade and just moved back to Truckee to start her junior year.
After the Connie Romero tournament in Winnemucca on Aug. 30, the team has a break before playing against rival North Tahoe in Tahoe City Sept. 7 to start the regular season.
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