Lakers loaded with height |

Lakers loaded with height

Alex Close/Sierra SunNorth Tahoe junior Kayla Baumgardner, a 5-foot-9-inch middle blocker, will be a force at the net this season for the Lakers, who are playing for the first year in the Northern 2A division.

North Tahoe’s volleyball team has dropped down a division in the NIAA, and Nevada’s 2A schools better watch out.

The shortest player on this year’s Laker squad is 5-foot-8, and the tallest girl is 6-foot-2.

“I have a tall team,” head coach Tom LeFevers said earlier this season.

LeFevers said that his team this year is made up of a solid group of players who bring experience to the table.

With five seniors and four juniors on the varsity squad, experience is definitely something North Tahoe can lean on this season.

While every girl on the team knows how to play the game, has been around LeFevers for at least a couple years and boasts stellar athleticism, the head coach says his team still needs work to play better as a whole.

“We have to work on playing together as a team,” LeFevers said.

But after taking second place in the Hug Tournament earlier this season, before dropping a home game to visiting Lovelock and then defeating visiting Sparks in four games, the Lakers’ 8-2 record speaks for itself.

North Tahoe is led by middle blocker Laura Hansen, who at 6-foot-2 is a force to be reckoned with at the net.

Hansen has consistently led the Lakers so far this season in kills, and often in blocks as well.

Senior Haley Burmer and junior Kayla Baumgardner have also been dangerous at the net in the early weeks of the season, and Baumgardner’s athleticism and vertical leap is both impressive as well as deadly.

As far as the setter position, junior Kelly Hester will continue to set up kills and distribute the ball with an uncanny sense for the floor, the coach said.

Also keep an eye on Sidney Courcier, Shirley Murray and Elly Roemer for solid play both at the net and as distributors.

While LeFevers said he fought the move from the Northern 3A to the 2A for a long time simply because volleyball is traditionally a successful program at North Tahoe, he has come to grips with the move simply based on school enrollment ” enrollment that has been reflected even into the volleyball program, which is in its first year without a freshman team.

“It’s where we belong,” LeFevers said.

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