Truckee volleyball: Wolverines win Northern 3A title
TRUCKEE and#8212; Rarely is a Truckee-Yerington volleyball match decided in three games. Saturday’s Northern 3A championship went against the norm, as the host Wolverines captured their second regional title in three years with a win in straight sets over the Lions, 25-15, 25-16, 25-22.
and#8220;We played like we knew we could play, which was pretty much error-free,and#8221; said Truckee head coach Nicole Annaloro, whose team beat Lowry, 25-9, 25-11, 25-15, in its semifinal earlier in the day.
With the postseason wins the Wolverines improved to 26-4 overall and 14-0 against the Northern 3A, while earning the North’s No. 1 seed entering the state championship Friday and Saturday (Nov. 13-14) in Las Vegas.
Truckee will take on No. 2 Southern seed Virgin Valley in a state semifinal match on Friday. The winner advances to the state championship match on Saturday, Nov. 14. On the other side of the bracket, second-seeded Yerington (27-5 overall, 11-3 vs. 3A) will play top Southern seed Boulder City on Friday.
Truckee’s regional final win over Yerington marked the third victory of the season against the two-time defending champs and#8212; as well as the first match that did not go the full five games. The Wolverines won at Yerington, 25-22, 20-25, 25-27, 25-21, 15-13, on Sept. 29, then pulled off a thrilling, comeback win at home, 25-23, 23-25, 19-25, 26-24, 16-14, on Oct. 29.
Asked what they did differently this time to get past the Lions with relative ease, senior outside hitter Laura Tirman said the Wolverines committed fewer unforced errors, for one thing.
and#8220;We kept our serves in most of the time, and we communicated a lot better,and#8221; said Tirman, who finished with seven kills and three service aces. and#8220;We knew we could beat them in three. We just had to stay strong the whole time.and#8221;
Sophomore outside hitter Annie Reiswig tallied a match-high 15 kills to go along with her one service ace, while senior middle blocker Merry Brown had nine kills and three aces, and junior setter Jillian Akers had 29 assists, six kills and two aces. Kaylee Waters, Truckee’s senior libero, finished with a match-high 16 digs and one ace.
For the Lions, junior middle blocker Alex Roberts finished with six blocks, Brooke Aiazzi had 12 digs and six kills, Courtney Clifton 10 digs, and Makenna Lommori 12 assists and two aces.
and#8220;Our biggest thing was just to get to state,and#8221; said Yerington co-head coach Jim Aiazzi. and#8220;Dayton battled us tooth and nail all year, so we practiced for Dayton, not Truckee.and#8221;
The Lions swept Dayton and#8212; which had taken them to five games twice during the regular season and#8212; 25-23, 25-20, 25-15 in their semifinal.
and#8220;I’m proud of our girls,and#8221; coach Aiazzi said. and#8220;They just started to run out of gas at the end. Their block wasn’t there. But Truckee played well. You got to give it to them.and#8221;
Only the third game was tightly contested, as Truckee outscored the Lions 14-4 down the final stretch of Game 1 and never trailed in Game 2. The teams battled back and forth in the third game, which ended after 11 ties and six lead changes when the Wolverines powered out on an 8-3 run.
and#8220;I thought our serve-receive was phenomenal, and we passed the ball well,and#8221; Annaloro said. and#8220;We made some very slight adjustments from last time, and they seemed to work.and#8221;
Against Lowry, Reiswig posted 16 kills and two aces, Brown had seven kills and two aces, Akers 23 assists, four kills and one ace, and Waters 11 digs and one ace.