Wolverine volleyball beats rival in three straight sets
North Tahoe volleyball just wasn’t there. But Truckee volleyball sure was. For the first time in 16 years, Truckee beat its North Shore rival in three straight sets, 15-9, 15-5 and 15-13.
“The game was so awesome,” senior Laura Ford said. “Everyone was playing as a team and everyone was totally clicking and totally there.”
For coach Maggie Shane, this was her first victory over North Tahoe in her 16 years at the helm.
“I tried to quit today,” Shane joked. “I thought I should quit on a high point and walk away, but they wouldn’t let me.”
Shane saw a totally different Truckee team just the night before when they traveled over the hill to play Colfax. They were swept by the non-division team 12-15, 5-15 and 10-15. The main problem they had in Colfax was their serving. They had difficulty in following up on a serve after a turnover.
“The Colfax game, they were just real disjointed,” Shane said. “They weren’t clicking.”
But North Tahoe wasn’t afforded the luxury of playing a team that was having that trouble.
“Friday night they were excited but not over-hyped,” Shane said. “They were at that right notch where they got to a point and stayed there.”
A sweep of the Lakers wasn’t on the minds of the volleyball squad when they woke up Friday morning.
“I think we went in there trying to play our best and won one (set),” she said. “We wanted to do it again and we weren’t sure but we got through it and then in the third game we were really pumped up and it just ended up happening.”
They won the first set 15-9 and followed that performance to a 15-5 bruising in the second match.
“The next game we just totally rocked them,” Ford said. “We took the momentum from there.”
For the third set, Shane pulled her starters because fatigue was starting to show, but they still pulled off the win, 15-13. Truckee had 86 percent of the serves compared to just 50 percent against Colfax the night before. At one point, they had nine-straight serves.
“I was pretty nervous going into our game because we hadn’t beaten them in forever,” junior Melissa Gadsby said. “Then when we won the first game I was so excited and it carried over into the other games.”
The concern for Shane is the consistency of her team’s play.
“For the kids, you wonder which one (team) is going to show up; the one that played Colfax or the one that played North Tahoe,” Shane said.
The main ingredient to that victory was simply playing together.
“I think we did really good in teamwork and pulled together,” junior Tarah MacDonald said. “If we play that way, we’re going to do so good.”
On top of the superior team play, one player stood above the rest, despite her teammates’ great efforts.
“Amber Harder had fabulous game,” Shane said. “She passed dimes, she was wonderful. It’s the best I’ve seen her play.”
At least for now at the beginning of the season, this victory is a good sign.
“If they can keep their confidence level, if they stay focused on what they’re doing, they have a really good chance,” Shane said. “This team that played Friday night could go to state, but they have to play like that every time.”
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