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Volleyball takes out Fernley as they reach key stretch

Matt Riddle

Fernley visited Truckee last week, only to lose in four sets to TTHS volleyball, 15-6, 16-14, 14-16, 15-11. But the three upcoming games this week will prove to be a much bigger test than the Vaqueros mustered.

In a weekend homestand, third place Lowry visits Truckee tomorrow night. Then on Saturday afternoon, Spring Creek makes its way over. Lowry is two games ahead of Truckee and if Truckee won both games, they would be tied with them. Spring Creek is one game behind Truckee, and a Wolverine win would push them further down the rankings.

That’s all fun and games. Tuesday, they leave to play 9-0 Dayton, alone on the top of Northern 3A play, on their own turf. But it’s only one game at a time.

“We beat Spring Creek in Spring Creek (Sept. 28),” coach Maggie Shane said. “It would be nice if we could pick that game up again.”

But that won’t be too easy. Injuries have slown down Shane’s Wolverines.

“It’s going to be a hard match,” Shane said. “If we play well, we’ll have a really good chance of beating Spring Creek and we can get really close to Lowry.”

Starting senior India Millholen won’t be playing, so junior Julie Hill will be playing in her stead. She has four midfielders rotating in and out now.

“I’m excited,” senior Jessie Turner said. “Playing Spring Creek and Lowry gets intense.”

For Thursday’s match, Turner led the team with 18 kills and two blocks. She was followed by senior Laura Ford with five kills and one ace, junior Amber Harder with five kills, senior Dana Brooks with five kills, junior Julie Hill with five kills and junior Melissa Gadsby with three kills and an ace.

“We should have taken it to three and not four,” Turner said. “But despite that error, we did pretty good.”

If the play against Fernley could be reproduced, it could translate into a W against Lowry.

“We were hustling for the ball, we served pretty well, we were coming together as a team,” Brooks said. “I think if we play together against Lowry, and get pumped up, we have a chance of beating them.”

“I think we really need to focus in practice more to win these games,” Harder. “We need to play more as a team so we can do better in the game.”

Julie Hill is playing in place of an injured India Millholen. Now she has four players in the midfield position.