Truckee volleyball | Wolverines sweep past Dayton |

Truckee volleyball | Wolverines sweep past Dayton

Sylas Wright
Sierra Sun
Sylas Wright / Sierra SunSamantha Aubrey digs a ball as Katie Mohun and Brittany Thomas look on during Tuesday's win.

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Wolverines looked crisp and prepared for Mount Rose League play in their final volleyball match of a tough nonconference schedule Tuesday.

Truckee made quick work of visiting Dayton, winning in straight sets, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20, to improve to 11-8 overall on the season. The Wolverines kick off their Mount Rose League schedule Friday at home against Whittell.

Behind an effective serving game that recorded a season-high 95 percent success rate, Truckee pulled away down the stretch in each of the three games to win with relative ease.

and#8220;Our serving was awesome. It was the best of the season,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Erika Murphy. and#8220;We’ve been working on serving to location, too, and the girls were really on it.and#8221;

The Dust Devils kept each game close early on, however, using their size up front to block kill attempts while occasionally catching Truckee’s defense off guard with dink shots dropped into open pockets of space.

and#8220;They (the Dust Devils) were dumping a lot of balls and changing the tempo, and I thought we adjusted well to the out-of-system play,and#8221; Murphy said. and#8220;We got used to playing big schools where there’s a consistent tempo.and#8221;

The teams battled back and forth early in Game 1, which featured five ties and two lead changes before the Wolverines gained an advantage at 16-15. Senior middle blocker Kiersten Knoppel then rattled off five more serves until Dayton finally ended the seven-point run.

Senior outside hitter Annie Reiswig and#8212; who played despite feeling under the weather, her coach said and#8212; smashed one of her match-high 13 kills on the penultimate point, and Truckee put the match away, 25-19, on a Dayton hitting error.

Dayton took an early 2-0 lead in the second set and led by as many as four points, at 9-5, before Truckee knotted the score at 11 and then stormed ahead with a 9-0 run behind Knoppel’s serving.

When the Dust Devils finally snapped their skid at 18-12, Reiswig drove home another kill a point later to key a 7-4 run to finish out the game. Senior outside hitter Krysta Murphy, who just returned from a sprained ankle, ended it with one of her six kills.

and#8220;Krysta did a great job. It was nice to see her get back on the court after she injured her ankle,and#8221; her coach said.

The Wolverines never trailed in the third set as they broke a 3-3 tie and extended the lead to as many as eight points, at 17-9. Dayton fought to get back in it, pulling to within four at 20-16, then three at 23-20, but Truckee recorded the last two points to close out the match.

Truckee finished with an efficient 46 kills versus only 13 errors, which marked a season-best ratio.

and#8220;I think we played really well as a team and clicked well together,and#8221; said senior Angelena Sahlberg, who was moved from middle blocker to the right side to take advantage of her hitting ability, coach Murphy said.

Sahlberg and Mackenzie Redner each finished with seven kills in the match, while Knoppel had eight kills. Senior setter Brittany Thomas tallied 35 assists and Murphy had seven digs.

Madison Foley and Cassie Depew led the Dust Devils with nine kills apiece, while Erin Edison had six blocks and Cora Jeffreys 25 assists.

After a nonleague schedule that included a number of challenging matches against large schools from both California and Nevada, coach Murphy thinks her Wolverines are prepared to take on the Mount Rose League, which includes all the lake schools, Whittell, South Tahoe, North Tahoe and Incline, plus Sparks.

and#8220;We’ve played a lot of tough teams to get us ready for league, and I think the girls are ready,and#8221; Murphy said.

Sahlberg agreed, but with even more conviction than her coach.

and#8220;Oh yeah, we’re gonna dominate,and#8221; she said.

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