Truckee volleyball | Wolverines rout Lowry to begin postseason
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The top-seeded Wolverines dismantled visiting Lowry in straight sets, 25-5, 25-8, 25-8, in a Northern 3A regional match Friday.
With the win Truckee advances to the 3A State Championship tournament, which is scheduled for Nov. 12-13 at Galena and Bishop Manogue high schools. Lowry, the No. 2 seed from the Ruby Mountain League, was eliminated with the loss.
The defending state champs did not fool around in their playoff opener.
Fired up for their final home match of the season, the Wolverines (30-4) dominated from the onset, trailing only once in the match when Lowry took a 1-0 lead to start the second set. It was one of the few bright moments for the Buckaroos (5-19), as Truckee controlled the contest with an efficient offense that tallied 31 kills versus only four errors on the attack.
and#8220;It was our best attacking (match) ever,and#8221; said Truckee assistant coach Kim Thomas, adding that the Wolverines posted a 2.4 passing rating.
When the Wolverines were not smashing home kills, they were overwhelming the Buckaroos with their service game. They finished with 15 service aces in the match.
and#8220;They (the Buckaroos) didnand#8217;t have any answer at all,and#8221; Thomas said of Truckeeand#8217;s serves.
Senior setter Jillian Akers was particularly devastating, as she rattled off a match-high six aces and 26 total serves to go along with her 24 assists, also a match high.
Truckee senior outside hitter Annie Reiswig tallied 11 kills to lead the attack, while Kiersten Knoppel finished with six kills. Krysta Murphy had five kills and three digs, Brittany Thomas had four aces, and senior libero Natalya Jones had three digs and finished with a 2.6 passing rating.
Aside from the one-point Lowry lead to open the second set, the Wolverines made sure the match was never close.
Akers started Game 1 with seven consecutive serves as Truckee built its lead to 7-0, then 14-1, en route to the lopsided win. Truckee took a 12-3 lead in the second set after five straight serves by Akers, then ran away with it down the stretch after nine straight serves by Thomas.
The Wolverines wrapped up the match after jumping out to an 11-0 lead in Game 3 behind the serving hand of Akers.
That allowed the Truckee coaching staff to play all its reserves, which now include six junior varsity call-ups and#8211; Angelena Sahlberg, Mackenzie Redner, Kaylee Lewis, Karlie Mohun, Gabby Moretti and Sam Aubrey.
and#8220;The JV players take us from very good up one step,and#8221; coach Thomas said.
One of those call-ups, Redner, ended the match with an emphatic kill from the right side as Truckee players celebrated their victory.
and#8220;I feel like weand#8217;re doing well right now,and#8221; said Knoppel. and#8220;Weand#8217;re playing really disciplined. Weand#8217;re trying a bunch of new things and weand#8217;re doing a good job of executing them.and#8221;
The junior middle blocker said the Wolverines are confident they can accomplish their goal of repeating as state champs, especially with former league rival Yerington now in the 2A. That said, it wonand#8217;t be quite the same fun without the former foe to battle, Knoppel conceded.
and#8220;Itand#8217;s definitely a disappointment that we donand#8217;t get to play them (the Lions), because itand#8217;s always fun,and#8221; she said.
In other Northern 3A regional playoff action, Dayton (No. 1 Lahontan League) beat South Tahoe (No. 2 Mount Rose) in straight sets on Friday, while Elko (No. 1 Ruby Mountain) and Fernley (No. 2 Lahontan) play Saturday night. Teams are re-seeded for the state tournament. Check the NIAA website at http://www.niaa.com for an updated bracket.
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