Truckee volleyball drops first league match to Incline
Sun News Service
Sometimes it just all comes together, and Thursday night was one of those times for the Lady Highlanders volleyball squad, which trounced the visiting Truckee Wolverines in three games, 25-19, 25-21 and 25-17.
Incline senior outside hitter Jami Bell led the Highlanders’ offensive charge with 16 kills. Bell also came back on defense to contribute nine digs.
“Jami’s passing and digging was just incredible,” said Incline coach Heidi Graeber. “Tonight it just all came together. At North Tahoe on Tuesday, the girls played nervous. Tonight we did really well with our passing game and it just goes to show, it’s all about our passing game.”
The Wolverines’ (2-1 Northern 3A) passing game challenged the Highlanders with long volleys for each point, helping Truckee to hang on within two points (21-19) late in the first game. But Incline’s power at the net proved too much for Truckee when Bell jumpstarted a four-point run with a deafening kill into a hole in the Wolverines defense.
Senior setter Lauren Hall, who contributed 30 assists in the match, held the momentum from the service line with two consecutive aces, and Bell sealed the deal with a kill on game-point.
In the second game, the Wolverines offense opened with two kills in a row to bring the score to a 4-4 tie, but that was as close as Truckee would come to a lead in the game.
Incline led the third game by an average seven-point margin throughout, focusing on passing the ball to create a potent offense.
Senior middle hitter Kristen Elias racked up 10 kills and eight blocks in the match, while senior Lara St. John had four blocks. St. John also ended the third game on a striking note with an ace, her fourth for the evening.
“It feels so good to put the game away with an ace,” she said. “That’s how we got into state last year. Before the game, we really were focusing on our passing and we just really wanted to kick butt because this is our home court.”
Incline’s junior varsity team had a successful week with two wins against North Tahoe and Truckee High Schools to improve its record to 3-1 in the Northern 3A.
On Thursday, the team hosted Truckee and won in three games, 19-25, 25-24 and 15-12.