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Volleyball loses to lakeside rivals

Dan Savickas

The Truckee High School girls’ varsity volleyball team lost to North Tahoe in a fierce five game battle on Friday night.

In the first game North Tahoe established its game plan, feed the ball to senior #1.

With a big block and an even bigger spike in the first few minutes of the game, it was apparent #1 was going to be a major factor in the outcome of each game.

#1 added a few aces with jump serves to her strong spikes put the Lakers up 12-6.

The Truckee defense looked shaken as they allowed the Lakers to find the holes they needed to score. Before too long the first game was over with a score of 25-15 Lakers.

The second match the score bounced back and forth until the teams sat tied at 5-5. The Wolverines did their best to keep up, but #1 again stepped up with two aces and three spikes. The Lakers finished off the second match with another win 25-13.

In the third match Truckee pulled ahead early and did its best not to look back. #1 called for the sets, but found this game the Wolverines had her timing down and often she grew frustrated and hit out of bounds.

Senior Jacqueline Diaz came up with a great dig off of a #1 spike, and the Wolverines managed to score in the same play for the first time.

Senior Amber Harder came up with a nice spike from the back row to pull ahead 10-7. Senior Melissa Gadsby added another spike to add to the lead. Diaz came up with a big block and Gadsby added an ace to put the Wolverines ahead 14-8. Before long the Wolverines had proved to themselves this Lakers team was not as tough as they thought.

But the Lakers were not going to take a back seat in this game. The score hung in the balance as the Lakers battled back to trail Trukee by on point, 21-20. Then 22-21. Senior Julie Hill came up with a big stuff and the Wolverines pulled away 23-21. #1 tried to pull the Lakers out in front but failed with a spike out of bounds putting the Wolverines one point away from victory. Truckee won the battle 25-22.

In the fourth match the Lakers came out tough, but the Wolverines showed no signs of backing down.

The Lakers found themselves ahead 6-5, but junior Alisa Garrison turned the momentum by coming up with a huge block against #1 to tie the game.

With #1’s spikes off and looking frustrated it seemed the Lakers could get little done on the court and Truckee capitalized pulling ahead 11-7.

Gadsby added a spike and the Wolverines found themselves on an offensive roll.

#1 found her swing and added a few big spikes to bring the Lakers back ahead 14-13. When #1 was on, the Lakers could nearly score at will.

With #1 back in the mode of taking the vast majority of the sets, the Truckee defense began to hone in.

#1 went up for a big spike only to find Diaz waiting at the net with an even bigger spike. This tied the game at 15. The teams matched each other point for point up to 17 until Harder found a way around #1 with a spike to pull ahead by one.

Garrison came up with another big block and stuff on #1 to put the Wolverines up 21-17. Mariel Lecuyer had a nice diving save to keep the ball in play. Garrison found another huge block and Truckee found themselves up 22-18. With the score 24-18 junior Kelly Tierney caught the entire Lakers team off guard and she sent a set over the net to the floor for a point instead of setting up a spike. The Wolverines set up the game for a fifth match.

The last game was played up to 15 points.

Truckee pulled out ahead 3-0 in the first few minutes, but before long the Lakers had bounced back 6-5. #1 got on a roll with four huge spikes in the final game.

Hill found a nice spike to end the longest volley in the game, but Truckee still trailed 11-9.

In the end the Wolverines could not find their chance to pull out in front and the Lakers won the match and the game 15-10 winning three out of five matches.

“The last game wasn’t long enough to get out momentum going,” said Head Coach Maggie Shane.

Hill had four fills, Harder had three, and Gadsby and Diaz each had two. Diaz came up with three blocks and Garrison added five. Harder lead the team on digs with seven.

The Wolverines will meet the Lakers again the last game of the season.


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