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Volleyball gets mixed results

Matt Riddle

The TTHS volleyball squad split its weekend games, losing to Lowry on Friday night and beating Spring Creek in five sets on Saturday afternoon.

Lowry, a state favorite, won in four sets, 15-4, 3-15, 15-6, 15-9. The long bus ride was taking its toll on the Wolverines.

“They just weren’t playing well together Friday night,” coach Maggie Shane said. “They didn’t get the flow going. They didn’t have the energy up.”

Despite the loss, senior Jessie Turner cranked out five kills along with good play from junior Tarah MacDonald and junior Julie Hill. Despite a blowout in the second set, Truckee couldn’t keep up the play in the third.

“It was nothing major, it was just that nothing was coming together,” Shane said.

Spring Creek was more exciting. The afternoon stretched five matches. Spring Creek took the first one, 8-15. Truckee came back with a 15-10 win in the second and Spring Creek took the third, 12-15. But facing a do-or-die situation, Truckee won the fourth and fifth sets to win the game, 15-9, 15-9.

“This was going to be crucial. Notoriously, the team doesn’t play well in the rally score game and they did a really good job,” Shane said. “It was point for point and then we started pulling away a little bit. The girls did a really good job of simple, basic, volleyball and letting the other team make all the mistakes.”

Coming into Saturday’s game, Shane was facing more adversity than the previous night. Senior Laura Ford hurt her shoulder during warm-ups and played sparingly; senior India Millholen was at home sick and Friday night’s best player, Turner, forgot to eat lunch. Combined with the road trip and the loss the night before, Truckee was feeling the toll.

” It was a very long match (2 1/2 hours),” Shane said. “They were exhausted.”

Turner managed 10 kills, even though she the last thing she ate was a bagel with cream cheese for breakfast.

“She was cranking in that third game, even though we lost it,” Shane said. “She got more in the games we lost.”

Today, 3-2 Truckee hosts 5-0 Dayton and travels to Reno Tuesday to take on 4-1 Bishop Manogue.

“Dayton’s tough,” Shane said. “They’re very competitive.”

The only losses that 4-1 Lowry and Bishop Manogue have suffered this year have been to Dayton.


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