Incline Middle School volleyball teams impressive in South Tahoe tournament |

Incline Middle School volleyball teams impressive in South Tahoe tournament

The first-place sixth/seventh-grade Incline Middle School volleyball team. Back row: Coach Chris Swick, Michaela Racich, Sarah Minkle, Emma Perrell, Lauren Golden, Chandler Cohn, Alyssa Fellows, Carolyn Eppolito, Lily Price, Anna Erickson and Samantha Giangreco. Front row: Raquel Oliver, Jackie Schwartz and Madison Corneil. Tess Devine and Morgan Fisher are not pictured.
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The Incline Middle School girls volleyball teams took a detour from their regular league season to compete in the 2014 South Tahoe Optimist Club Girls Volleyball Tournament last weekend.  

While both the sixth/seventh- and eighth-grade teams are undefeated in their league at the halfway point of their seasons, the tournament introduced the small-school players to big schools and a much more competitive level of play.  

Both teams had impressive showings in the tournament, with the sixth/seventh-grade team taking first and the eighth-grade team placing third. Incline Middle School was defending champion and the only small school represented at the seventh-grade tournament.  

Team captain Chandler Cohn and co-captain Lauren Golden were determined to have another first-place finish, along with returning players Alyssa Fellows, Emma Perrell, Sarah Minkle, Raquel Oliver and Carolyn Eppolito. After a marathon of matches, their mental and physical toughness helped them reach their goal in the championship round.  

Cohn showed incredible leadership along with amazing plays at the net, setting and back-row passing. Golden’s sets were golden, along with her defensive play. Fellows was the team’s power hitter throughout the tournament. 

Samantha Giangreco was the star sixth-grader, displaying great all-around play. All 15 members of the sixth/seventh-grade team participated in the tournament and contributed to the win.

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