Truckee volleyball | Wolverines take down Fallon in straight sets
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; The Wolverines sent their fans home buzzing Wednesday night after surging back from a large deficit in the third and final set to seal a win against Fallon.
The win marked the eighth straight for Truckee, which improved to 15-2 overall after sweeping through the Carmichael Tournament last week. Fallon, a first-year member of the Northern 3A, fell to 1-4 on the season.
and#8220;I’ve always said the 3A teams are as good, if not better, than a lot of the 4A teams,and#8221; Fallon coach Patty Daum said after the match. and#8220;These guys (Truckee) are good. They have a solid program.and#8221;
Truckee had little trouble winning the first two sets, 25-13 and 25-14, before falling behind early in the third game. The Greenwave recorded the first two points of the set and steadily extended their lead to eight, 16-8, then 18-10.
But the defending state champs buckled down, outscoring the Greenwave 11-3 to knot the score at 21-21. Fallon answered back, pushing the score to game point, 24-21, but again the champs didn’t give in, scoring the next three points for a 24-24 tie. After two more lead swaps and ties, the Wolverines finally put an end to the battle with a 28-26 win.
and#8220;We always start off strong in the first game, and then we slow down a bit,and#8221; said Truckee senior setter Jillian Akers, who led a potent Wolverine serving attack with 17 serves on the night, with no errors. and#8220;But we always seem to pull it out just fine.and#8221;
Truckee coach Erika Murphy said her team adjusted well after Fallon changed its game plan for the third set, as the Greenwave employed more of a finesse style of play rather than the power game they tried to use in the first two sets.
and#8220;Fallon had figured out that they weren’t really going to get past the block,and#8221; Murphy said. and#8220;What happened in that third game is they started playing quite a bit different and#8230; not a powerhouse type of volleyball, definitely more of a tactical game and#8212; finding the holes and finding any tips or dinks that they can.
and#8220;So we started adjusting our defense to it, and that part took a little longer than I expected.and#8221;
The Wolverines helped their cause by posting a season high in serving percentage, at 97 percent. They had only two service errors in the match. Truckee also recorded its best pass rating of the season, led by Murphy.
Fallon’s Esther Mauga, Cady Cordes and Caitlynn Marsh, among others, put up a solid block to hold junior outside hitter Annie Reiswig to 13 kills, while Krysta Murphy and Akers finished with seven and six kills, respectively. Allison Costa had four blocks to lead the Wolverines, and Kiersten Knoppel finished with three.
Truckee changed up its offense by switching between a 5:1 and a 6:2 structure, using either one or two active setters on the court.
and#8220;I thought they did well adjusting to the tempo of the game, and that’s one of the things they’re good at, is being able to identify the tempo of the game and adjust to it really well,and#8221; Murphy said. and#8220;But we still have room for improvement.and#8221;
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