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Truckee volleyball handles Hug

Curtis Deen/Provided to the SunTruckee High sophomore Nikki Schneider prepares for a hit against North Tahoe on Sept. 6 as junior Melanie Lashbrook, No. 9, looks on.
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Every player on the Truckee High volleyball roster contributed to a non-league victory over visiting Hug on Wednesday night.

While it admittedly was not the team’s sharpest performance, the Wolverines needed just three sets to put away the Northern 4A conference Lady Hawks, 25-17, 25-18, 25-16.

“We did do a lot of substituting, but I would have liked to see my girls take more control of the match,” said Truckee head coach Nicole Annaloro. “It was important that I was able to get all the girls in the game, and that they did so well.”



In particular, Annaloro was impressed with junior Morgan Womack’s performance.

“Morgan Womack did a phenomenal job,” she said. “I was impressed with her speed and passing accuracy.”



Also playing well in the match was junior setter Julie McNamara, who led the Wolverines with 15 assists. Afterward, McNamara conceded that her team could have played better.

“For us to go to state, we need to step it up,” she said. “But I know we can do it.”

Junior middle blocker Melanie Lashbrook also saw room for improvement.

“I thought that we didn’t play to our full potential,” she said. “We sunk down to the other team’s level.”

Either way, Truckee got the ‘W’ against the smaller and overmatched Lady Hawks, and Lashbrook agreed that everyone getting playing time is one of the keys to future success.

“I think it’s important just to keep the team chemistry and to keep everybody wanting to practice hard,” she said.

The win improved the Wolverines’ overall record to 9-6 this season (2-2 in Northern 3A play).

“We still want to work on playing our game ” keeping our pace, which goes along with mental toughness,” Annaloro said. “We need to stay consistent.”

One area of consistency was the solid play of Annaloro’s two sophomores, Callan Finney and Nikki Schneider, who led the team in kills with five apiece. Finney also had two service aces.

Alexa Terrell, a 6-foot-1 junior, added three kills and five service aces.

One area of Truckee’s game that was sharp, both Annaloro and McNamara said, was its passing.

“We called the ball a lot and had good communication,” McNamara said. “We had good hits and we played smart.”

With 13 matches remaining on the regular-season schedule ” which concludes at Lowry on Oct. 28 ” the Wolverines are still on track to reach their goal.

“We just need to stay focused and keep our passes up and keep hitting hard,” Lashbrook said about winning a state championship.

Volleyball: at Incline today at 6 p.m.

Volleyball: Sparks at Truckee Saturday at 1 p.m.

Football: Winters at Truckee Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

Boys soccer: at Dayton Saturday at 1 p.m.

Girls soccer: at Dayton Saturday at 11 a.m.


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