Truckee volleyball teams off to 2-0 starts
Sierra Sun sports editor
The Truckee High School varsity volleyball team can count on one thing each year: crosstown rivals North Tahoe will be first and last on the regular season schedule.
On Sept. 10, the drama of the annual league opener did not disappoint a large crowd at North Tahoe. Truckee won 3-2, taking the fifth game by the score of 18-16 to run its Northern 3A record to 1-0.
It was only fitting that Truckee’s victory came on the heels of a little controversy.
With Truckee ahead 15-14 in the fifth game, the Wolverines asked for a rotation check, and the referee put Truckee in the wrong order, said Truckee head coach Maggie Shane. With Truckee caught in the wrong lineup, North Tahoe tied the game at 15. Truckee asked for a replay, but the request was denied and the game remained tied.
“Mentally, I was afraid my girls were going to feel out of sync,” Shane said. “Those kinds of things, with kids this age, can really set them off mentally.”
After a Truckee timeout, the teams traded points to tie the game at 16, then Truckee reeled off two points for the win. Shane called it a very exciting game that was fun to watch.
Shane said her experienced starting team seemed very nervous and agitated to start the match, which led Truckee to drop the first game decisively, 25-18.
“We lost that first game and kind of had to regroup,” Shane said. “They pulled it back together and won the next two, and then the fourth game we had a little bit of a slump.”
Shane’s synopsis of her team’s first game is that Truckee needs to be more aggressive.
“We gave a lot away,” she said. “We made a lot of simple errors because they were playing too conservative ” they were chipping the ball (instead of being aggressive).”
After an emotional, tense season opener, all a team can ask for is a more lighthearted match ” and that’s exactly what the Wolverines got at home against Fernley on Sept. 14.
Truckee shut out Fernley 3-0, but it was not as easy as the score entails. The Wolverines won games one and three by only two points, as Truckee seemed to get sluggish against a team that was less talented.
“We will work on maintaining our team momentum when playing a slower team,” Shane said. “We were slightly flat and could not seem to keep the energy up.”
The Truckee junior varsity and freshman squads are also off to a 2-0 start.