Truckee volleyball | Wolverines deliver back-to-back state titles
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RENO, Nev. and#8211; The repeat is in the record books.
Truckee’s goal was to repeat as state champs, and the Wolverines accomplished that feat with a 25-15, 21-25, 25-20 and 28-26 victory over Dayton in the NIAA 3A championship game Saturday afternoon at Bishop Manogue High School.
and#8220;It’s been our goal the whole season,and#8221; Truckee coach Erica Murphy said. and#8220;This was much better than yesterday. That was kind of ugly.
and#8220;A lot of them have played together for a long time. They have played on club teams. They’ve won middle school titles. The seniors are pretty tight.and#8221;
That may be, but it was the play of junior outside hitters Annie Reiswig and Krysta Murphy that did the heavy lifting. Reiswig finished with 20 kills and Murphy added 11.
and#8220;She (Reiswig) really did a great job,and#8221; Dayton coach Monica Halverson said. and#8220;Her shots were very good.and#8221;
Reiswig and fellow junior Kiersten Knoppel played huge roles in the fourth game, contributing five and four kills, respectively.
Reiswig had four of those five kills in the early portion of Game 4, as Truckee stormed to a 17-6 lead. The Wolverines should have been able to coast in, but they may have underestimated Dayton’s heart.
The Dust Devils scored 19 of the next 26 points to take a 25-24 lead as freshman Madi Foley had five kills, Jamie Darragh had two kills and two aces and libero Amanda Arana served up six points in that barrage. Arana finished with 21 digs and seven kills.
With a chance to win the game, Arana served long, enabling Truckee to tie the game at 25. A Foley kill gave Dayton a 26-25 lead, but Reiswig tied it with a kill. The Wolverines finished off the match when Dayton was called for a bad set and Knoppel blocked Dayton’s last shot to end it.
In the opening game, Truckee scored 12 of the first 15 and 17 of the first 24. Reiswig had six kills. The first four were among Truckee’s first 10 points.
and#8220;I just think it was a lot of these kids had never been around it (state finals),and#8221; Halverson said.
Dayton did close to 21-15 thanks to two Foley aces and two kills by Kathie Arias. However, an ace by Brittany Thomas, a kill by Reiswig and a tip kill by Allison Costa ended it.
Truckee got off to a 10-4 lead in Game 2, but Dayton scored 10 straight points to take a 14-10 lead. Arana was at the service line for nine of those points, and she served up two aces in the run. Darragh was big at the net with three kills. Truckee cut the lead to 17-16 thanks to a Reiswig kill and a block by Costa. Dayton put the game away on a service error by Reiswig, a kill by Foley and a tip by Erin Edison.
The third game was close throughout. Kills by Foley, Arana and a block/kill by Taylor Hill gave Dayton a 19-18 lead. Truckee stormed back to win six of the next seven points to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Reiswig had two kills in that span, while Murphy added one.
The Wolverines finished the season 32-4 overall.
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