Truckee volleyball to host Northern 3A Regional Tournament on Saturday
A year ago Saturday there were far too many empty seats in the Truckee High gym for coach Nicole Annaloro’s liking.
Her Wolverines, after all, had just swept through the Northern 3A in impressive fashion to earn the North’s No. 1 seed.
The top seeding also came with the right to host the Northern 3A Regional Tournament. Featuring six of the best teams from Northern Nevada, the tournament was full of crowd-pleasing kills, blocks, dives and general quick-twitch volleyball action.
No match was more entertaining than the championship between the Wolverines and second-seeded Yerington Lions.
Fast forward to the present and the scenario is much the same: No. 1-seeded Truckee is playing host, and No. 2-seeded Yerington stands in the way.
“It’s always nice to play on your home court. Hopefully, if we can get the fans to come out and support us, it will work in our favor and be a lot of fun,” Annaloro said.
The hometown support helps greatly, the coach said. And last year’s regional title match was surprisingly thin in that area.
It doesn’t have to be this year, as the rivals are almost sure to meet in the championship at 7 p.m. The outcome will determine the No. 1 and 2 seeds entering the Nevada State Championship in Reno on Nov. 14-15.
After what happened in 2007 ” when Truckee defeated Yerington for the Northern 3A title but lost to the Lions in the State Championship ” Annaloro and company are entering the postseason as prepared as can be.
“Anything can happen, essentially,” said Annaloro, whose team edged Yerington four times last year leading up to State. “There are a lot of things we learned from last year that we don’t want to repeat. But this is a different year and a totally different team.”
Indeed. This Truckee squad finished 11-1 in Northern 3A league play and 26-6 overall, with the one loss coming against Yerington at home on Sept. 23. Truckee bounced back from the loss to defeat the Lions at their home exactly one month later.
While the 3A powers share the same league record, the Wolverines earned the No. 1 seed because they beat every other Northern 3A team in three straight games, Annaloro said. Yerington, on the other hand, needed four games to get past one of its league opponents.
Truckee last played at Fernley on Oct. 30 to wrap up the regular season, and the time off since has made for a timely break, Annaloro said.
“I think it helped us to take the weekend off and relax and regroup. We’ve been plagued with illness and injuries this season, so the layoff was good for us,” she said.
With fresh legs and vengeance on their side, the Wolverines should be in peak form come Saturday.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun, a lot of action,” Annaloro said. “And the 7 p.m. match will (showcase) some good volleyball.”
So come out and support the Truckee High volleyball team.
The North Tahoe volleyball team defeated Pershing County in five games in its final regular-season match Tuesday, winning 21-25, 15-25, 25-14, 25-21, 15-4.
“I think it showed a lot of character coming back after getting down two (games),” said North Tahoe head coach Tom LeFevers, who gave credit to Pershing County for playing a tough match.
The Lakers, seeded second behind Whittell, will compete Friday in the Northern 2A Regional Tournament at Pershing County High School in Lovelock.
North Tahoe takes on Incline in its first match ” a semifinal ” while Whittell plays fourth-seeded Pershing County. Winners play for the Northern 2A title at 6 p.m., with the top two teams moving on to State on Nov. 14-15 at Damonte Ranch High School.
See Friday’s Sierra Sun for a Northern 2A postseason preview and recap of the Lakers’ season to date.