Truckee club volleyball team wins Roseville tourney |

Truckee club volleyball team wins Roseville tourney

Courtesy PhotoTruckee's Patsy Decrescenzo, No. 6, stands across the net from a 6-foot-3, 14-year-old player at the Nor-Cal Team Qualifier Feb. 12.

The Truckee Girls U14 Volleyball team took first place in the Nor-Cal Team Qualifier in Roseville, Calif., last Sunday.

The girls’ first opponent was Club United, from Turlock. With solid defense from Kennedy Power and Natalie Duner, Truckee won 25-12 and 25-16 to take the match.

Next, Truckee took on the hometown team, NorCal Select, where they met their tallest opponent, a 6-foot-3, 14-year-old. The Truckee girls were not intimidated, though. They beat NorCal Select 25-22 in a well-played game, then went on to win 25-10 to take the match. Truckee’s Sam O’Connell and Alana Avalos contributed to the victory, scoring points with shots over, around and through NorCal’s defensive strength.

Winning the round robin, the girls moved into the second round robin against the Force Team. After falling behind 8-0 in the first game, Truckee went on to score the next 11 points before winning. The 11-0 run came by way of consistent serves, good sets and strong hits from Lindsay Nason, Jillian Akers, Emily Jones, Kennedy Power, Natalie Duner and Laura Tirman. Jones and Patsy Decrescenzo served at 98 percent proficiency throughout the tournament. The next game proved easier, with Truckee winning 25-12 to take the match.

Another win over Club United moved Truckee into the championship match against Sac Sideout, a small but well-coached team. Sac Sideout came out hot and handed the Truckee girls their first loss, 25-13. Things were not looking good for Truckee coach John Decrescenzo and his team.

But the girls came on strong in the second game ” led by hard serves from Rachel Jones, Annie Rodriguez, Lena Decrescenzo, Mackenzie Adams, Sam O’Connell and Alana Avalos ” to win 26-17. Truckee then beat Sac Sideout 15-4 in the third game to win the match.

The U14 team, which competes mostly in the Sacramento-Roseville area, is looking for a sponsor. If interested, call team organizer Heidi Avalos at 587-5531. The next match is Feb. 26, with the time and location to be announced.

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