Truckee remains undefeated in volleyball |

Truckee remains undefeated in volleyball

The Whittell Warriors refused to go quietly against host Truckee in a non-league volleyball match Thursday night.

Despite dropping three straight matches to the Wolverines, 25-16, 25-18, 25-23, the Warriors ” a traditional powerhouse in the 2A division ” battled to the end, nearly forcing a fourth game against their larger 3A opponent.

“I think they surprised us with their serves,” Truckee’s Nikki Schneider, a junior outside hitter, said of Whittell. “But we’ve definitely been playing together as a team.”

Junior outside hitter Callan Finney pounded a match-high nine kills while senior middle blocker Melanie Lashbrook posted seven kills and five blocks.

Senior setter Megan Murphy anchored Truckee’s offense with 19 assists, and sophomore libero Kaylee Waters had seven digs for the Wolverines.

Whittell’s Jordan Reeder collected a match-high five service aces to go along with her eight kills, and Kendra Koskin added six kills for the Warriors.

Truckee, which improved to 11-0 after winning the season-opening Lowry Tournament on Aug. 24-25, jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in the first game and appeared destined for an easy route.

Whittell (0-2) slowly climbed back into the game, however, pulling to within three points, 16-13, before Truckee pulled away down the final stretch.

“Overall, I think we played well,” said Nicole Annaloro, Truckee’s head coach. “We came out strong but seemed to slow a little.”

The teams traded leads three times early in Game 2, which remained tight until Truckee went on a 5-1 run to close out the contest.

Game 3 featured seven ties and four lead changes. The Warriors, who settled into a groove after taking an early 6-5 lead, extended their lead to as many as five, at 15-10, before the Wolverines battled back to even the score at 16.

Once Truckee reached game-point, at 24-21, Whittell made a final run with consecutive scores before the Wolverines sealed the deal.

“We need to work on adjusting,” Annaloro said. “We were so spoiled with perfect passing (during the Lowry Tournament). We weren’t adjusting to a broken play.”

Truckee plays at Incline on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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