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Volleyball ends losing streak

Dan Savickas

Ending a string of losses, the Truckee High School girls’ varsity volleyball team beat Fernley High School on Tuesday night.

After starting out the first match on a roll the Lady Wolverines took the lead 8-2. But before long the Vaqueros bounced back to tie the game at 11.

Truckee battled back and forth with themselves scoring a point, then giving up a side-out. This continued until Fernley led 21-19. Truckee errors led to the score sitting at 24-23. On the last point of the match Truckee showed life for the first time all game, but they lost the match.

In the second match both teams struggled to get a good offense rolling. The Vaqueros had good communication, but no hitting. Truckee had good hitting but no communication.

The Wolverines showed some good hitting, but Fernley had some great digs to keep in contention.

With the game tied 10-10 Truckee picked up the pace. Amber harder and Jacqeline Diaz came up with some big kills and Mariel Lecuyer served up an ace as Truckee began to pull away with the score 16-11.

Julie Hill had a few hard hits for kills as Truckee increased its lead to 22-14.

But the Wolverines began to sit back as the Vaqueros picked up the pace. Truckee managed to hold on for the victory 25-19.

In the third match Hill started out with a kill for the side-out and an ace as the Wolverines finally found their roll winning 25-15.

Melissa Gadsby showed some great serves while Lisa Tassone, Hill, Harder and Diaz added some hard-hit kills.

In the fourth match the Wolverines allowed the Vaqueros to compete, but not win. Truckee won the last match 25-22. The game bounced back and fourth as a team would score, give up the side-out, gain the side-out and give it up again.

Gadsby came up with a few key aces as Diaz, Harder, Hill and Tassone again added solid kills.

“We played more evenly while they played simple basic volleyball,” said coach Maggie Shane. “It’s hard to run defense against a team that doesn’t really hit.”

“The kids had to really fight for the points and I think that surprised them, Fernley’s come along way in four weeks since the last time we saw them.”

“They still need to work on movement, they’re moving a little slow. They played average, they weren’t hyper, they weren’t down, they were level,” said Shane.

“In order to play the next few teams they need to crank it up,

Hopefully this is a starting point.”

The junior varsity team beat Fernley’s junior varsity 25-18 25-22.


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