Looking past ups and downs: Volleyball looks ahead to playoffs
The road is only getting bumpier, but coach Maggie Shane’s volleyball squad must have good shocks, because they are still swinging away.
The Wolverine volleyball squad dropped a game to Lowry on Friday night in three sets, 15-9, 15-4, 17-15. Then Spring Creek came to Truckee on Saturday afternoon to get beat back to the Great Basin in five tough sets, 10-15, 15-8, 15-13, 3-15, 15-13. On Tuesday, they headed off to Dayton to take on the north favorite in Dayton.
“Our energy wasn’t there,” Laura Ford said. “We weren’t coming together like we should have.”
Julie Hill and Ford led the team with four kills each.
We served very poorly and it made a difference,” coach Maggie Shane said. “Everybody had a bad night at the same time.”
The next day, a totally different team showed at the school gym.
“Spring Creek was a total team turnaround,” Dana Brooks said.
Amber Harder led with nine kills along with Jacqueline Diaz with six kills and three blocks. Ford had seven kills followed by Jessie Turner with four.
The games we won, we served much better,” Shane said. “We kind of figured out what we were doing.”
For the Dayton game, no task is too daunting.
“We need to make them not undefeated,” Brooks said.
But Bishop Manogue beat them to it. The Miners beat Dayton on Thursday and the two schools are now tied for the top of Northern 3A.
“I’d like to take a game off of them,” Shane said. “It depends on who shows up.”
The Northern 3A division tournament is only two weeks away for the team. The top six teams in Northern 3A go to the division tournament. From there, the top two go to play the top two from Southern 3A play at Galena High in Reno for the state championships Nov. 16.
“I’m sure we’ll go to zones,” Shane said. “We’ll have to be real ugly not to.”
Whatever happens though, senior India Millholen won’t be playing. She has four partially torn tendons in an ankle and is out for the rest of the season.
The season is wrapping up and there’s one more all-important home game left: North Tahoe on Nov. 1. They beat the Lakers, the first in 15 years, Sept. 13 in Tahoe City, but North Tahoe has gotten better over the past month
“We got to play our game better,” Ford said. “We don’t want to lose to them in our house.”