Prep volleyball wraps up regular season
The regular season has come to an end for the Truckee and North Tahoe high volleyball teams.
The Lakers, last year’s Northern 3A champions and state runner-up, finished 2-14 in league play.
“We had a rocky season,” said North Tahoe head coach Tom LeFevers. “This year was quite a letdown. The girls really worked hard all season but just couldn’t quite put it together.”
While both of North Tahoe’s wins came against Sparks, which finished 0-16 in the Northern 3A, LeFevers said his team was very much in most matches, and came close on a number of occasions to defeating the top teams.
“We just couldn’t put teams away,” LeFevers said.
Most recently, the Lakers hit the road to play at Lowry on Friday and Spring Creek on Saturday, their final match of the season. LeFevers said that although North Tahoe lost both matches, the girls put in a good effort.
“The girls played well, like they always do, but they just fell short,” the coach said.
The league’s two front-runners, Lowry and Yerington, both finished with 15-1 records. By winning a tiebreaker, Lowry earned the No. 1 seed in Northern 3A Regionals on Saturday and thus will host the single-elimination tournament. Both teams have a bye in the first round.
Truckee finished third in league with an 11-5 record (18-10 overall).
Entering Regionals as a No. 3 seed, the Wolverines will play No. 6-seeded Spring Creek (7-9) ” a team Truckee defeated twice in three games during the regular season ” in the first round of the tournament. That match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
Rounding off the list of playoff contenders are Incline, the No. 5 seed at 7-9, and Dayton, the No. 4 seed at 10-6. The two will square off in the first round.
Truckee head coach Nicole Annaloro likes her team’s chances coming off a strong season.
“I’m very pleased with how the girls finished,” Annaloro said. “It could be their tournament. It’s kind of set up so that the underdog has a chance (to win Regionals). It’s a tough league, though, so it will be interesting to see how it turns out.”
One thing the Wolverines need to be careful of, their coach said, is entering the first round against Spring Creek overconfident.
“We could be our own worst enemy,” Annaloro said.
The Wolverines will have added support in the four new players Annaloro summoned from junior varsity: Sophomores Mary Ann Nason, Katie Murphy, Michelle Hoehn and freshman Kaylee Waters.
“They’ve definitely added an element of energy,” Annaloro said.
For the Lakers, ending their high school volleyball tenures are seniors Kim Moore, Alcy Johnson, Kelsey Hudson and Haley Schimmer.
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