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Truckee volleyball | Wolverines dominate Fallon in straight sets

Steve Ranson / Lahontan Valley NewsTruckee senior Krysta Murphy responds to a ball hit to her in Wednesday's volleyball match at Fallon. Truckee won in three.
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FALLON, Nev. and#8212; Fallon volleyball coach Patty Daum expressed surprise Wednesday night after visiting Truckee dominated the Lady Wave in three sets of their nonleague match at the Elmo Dericco Gym.

On the other end of the court, however, Truckee coach Erika Murphy said her team showed some character in its match at Fallon, but she said much work lies ahead for her players.

and#8220;Defensively we were OK, but that’s not where wanted it to be,and#8221; Murphy said, although the Wolverines swept the home team, 25-15, 25-17 and 25-15, to even their preseason record at 5-5. Fallon dropped to 14-4.



Except for the first half of the second set when Truckee trailed, the Wolverines opened the first game with a 7-1 run. Krysta Murphy, who finished the match with 17 points, provided some consistent serving, and Truckee capitalized on five unforced Fallon errors.

and#8220;We play to survive, not play to win, and it showed,and#8221; Daum said.



The unforced errors, however, is one stat she would like to see disappear from her team’s play.

and#8220;Nineteen unforced errors in three matches,and#8221; Daum said, shaking her head in disbelief.

The Wave gradually chipped away at the visitor’s lead on three service points each from Rikki Chavez and MacKenzie Dahl to tie the set at 11. MacKenzie’s ace knotted the score before Truckee pulled away. Kaylee Lewis served three points, and she relied on Krysta Murphy’s kill and two Fallon errors at the net before Cady Cordes stopped Truckee with a well-placed kill.

From that point, Truckee outscored Fallon 9-2 to wrap up the first set. Annie Reiswig found her stride in recording a pair of kills for Truckee and then put an exclamation point on the set with a kill that gave Truckee its 25th point.

Coach Murphy, though, was not happy with Truckee’s start in the second game, trailing for half the set until the Wolverines tied at 7.

Dahl’s six service points catapulted Fallon to a 7-3 lead, and this time it was Truckee making unforced errors.

and#8220;I was disappointed when we fell behind in the second game,and#8221; coach Murphy said.

After a pep talk with her girls, Kiersten Knoppel drilled the Fallon defense for five points to give the Wolverines a two-point lead. For the next 15 minutes, the two teams traded sideouts with neither team leading by more than two points.

Truckee put together a long run behind Lewis again, and she served seven points until Cordes’ kill gave the ball back to Fallon, which now trailed 22-15.

and#8220;We came back and had more discipline with communications,and#8221; coach Murphy said. and#8220;I am pleased with them in digging themselves out.and#8221;

Fallon played harder in the third set, knowing a loss would end the match.

Knoppel’s serving untracked Truckee, and the Wolverines rolled to a 13-9 lead. Hurt by its own errors again, Fallon fell further behind, and Truckee put together a 5-1 run to end the match, relying on Knoppel again at the service line and Angelena Sahlberg playing tough in the middle.


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