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Truckee volleyball team to be honored by Sen. Gaines

Sylas WrightSierra Sun
Chuck Thomas / Sun File PhotoThe Truckee volleyball team, shown celebrating the final point of its most recent state championship this past fall, received an invitation from Sen. Ted Gaines to be honored in the California State Capitol on Thursday.
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First football, now volleyball. At this rate, Truckee High athletes could soon become tour guides at the California State Capitol.Sen. Ted Gaines invited the three-time defending state champion Truckee volleyball team to the State Capitol building in Sacramento to be honored in a Thursday ceremony andamp;#8212; about three weeks after Truckee’s football team received a similar ceremony from the senator.andamp;#8220;It was very cool,andamp;#8221; Truckee head coach Erika Murphy said of receiving the invitation last month, which the volleyball team postponed until Thursday to avoid conflicts with finals. andamp;#8220;The girls are all very excited. They are excited about their shirts that say, andamp;#8216;Three-Peat,’ which came in last week. It’s a lot of nice accolades for them, and they feel honored.andamp;#8221;In addition to the visit to the California Capitol, which will include a tour of the building and a presentation on the Senate Floor with Sen. Gaines, Murphy said, the Wolverines also received a note and certificates of recognition from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. Murphy said she will hand out the Nevada certificates to her players before they depart for Sacramento on Thursday. They’re scheduled to meet at the capitol building at 1:30 p.m.andamp;#8220;I think, looking at the record of Sen. Gaines, it seems like sports is kind of important to him,andamp;#8221; Murphy said. andamp;#8220;He’s done this for several teams in California, and I think having as many kids as he has, he enjoys this part of it.andamp;#8221;Truckee, a California school that competes in the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association due to its close proximity to the Nevada border, has won three consecutive NIAA 3A state titles in both volleyball and football andamp;#8212; hence the recognition from both states.This past season, the Truckee volleyball team posted a final season record of 23-9 overall, with all of its losses coming against larger schools. The Wolverines defeated top Southern seed Boulder City in straight sets in the state championship match to earn their third title in as many years. andamp;#8220;The bar has definitely been raised,andamp;#8221; Murphy said of the Truckee volleyball program. andamp;#8220;With these girls, I think anything other than winning state this year would have been disappointing andamp;#8212; they would have been completely bummed out. They expected to win state. They knew they could win state. This next group coming up has some big shoes to fill, and they have that same expectation.andamp;#8221;Sen. Gaines represents California’s 1st Senate District, which includes Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento and Sierra counties.