Truckee volleyball: Yerington takes Round 1 |

Truckee volleyball: Yerington takes Round 1

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunTruckee senior Nikki Schneider blocks Yeringtons Dama Cox at the net on Tuesday. Yerington won in five games, 25-21, 15-25, 19-25, 25-18, 8-15.

Vengeance was 25 points away, seemingly a lock after the Truckee High volleyball team stormed back from behind to win consecutive sets Tuesday night. But it slowly slipped away.Give the state champs credit.In a highly competitive state championship rematch replete with athletic plays and drastic shifts in momentum, visiting Yerington outlasted the Wolverines down the stretch to eke out a win in five games, 25-21, 15-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-8.That was rough, said Truckee head coach Nicole Annaloro. But its OK. Were all staying positive. We kind of needed a tough match in league. It gives us something to look forward to next time.The teams meet again in Yerington on Oct. 23.Jim Aiazzi, co-head coach of the Lions, credited the Wolverines for a well-played and spirited match. He said Tuesdays seesaw battle further proves that the two teams stand out as the class of the league.Theyre our rival. Were lucky we have each other in the 3A this year, said Aiazzi, whose Lions defeated the Wolverines in last years state title match in Las Vegas. Truckees got a great program; theyre tough.It was a good match for both teams. Even though they (the Wolverines) lost, they played well.Especially in Games 2 and 3.Dropping the first set after eight ties and three lead changes, the Wolverines (2-1 league, 11-4 overall) responded with back-to-back wins in convincing fashion to ignite their lively home crowd. They stole the momentum in part by holding Yerington senior and returning 3A MVP Kayla Lommori, a 6-foot middle blocker, in check at the net. Unlike the first game, Truckee kills began clearing and slipping underneath Yerington blocks and finding creases in the defense for repeated points.Truckees big hitters, namely seniors Callan Finney, Nikki Schneider, Michelle Hoehn and Katie Murphy, had gained the upper hand against the Lions tall front line, which includes three players 6-foot or taller.The Wolverines ended Game 3 on a 7-3 run, looking confident and poised to finish off the Lions. I dont think they were overconfident, but if we have a weakness, its that we tend to sit back and get too comfortable, Annaloro said. We need to work on staying strong all the way through.Like a flashback to the opening set, the Lions regained control at the net early in the fourth game, denying Truckee kills while pounding home their own to pull away. Truckee didnt help its cause by committing unforced errors, including several serves into the net as well as a number of poor passes and miscommunications.We struggled a little with passing. Other than the service errors we had great stats on paper, but they outplayed us, Annaloro said, adding that Yeringtons defense was amazing.Finney led the Wolverines with 11 kills, 11 digs and two service aces. Schneider tallied nine kills and 12 digs, while Murphy finished with seven kills and five blocks and Hoehn nine kills.Aiazzi said Lommori had 28 kills in the match to go along with her 12 digs and seven blocks. Yerington senior Dama Cox had seven kills and three blocks and Kiara Ross, an athletic 5-foot-7 setter, added three aces and four kills.Theyre fun to play, Annaloro said of the Lions. Its become such a good rivalry.

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