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Wolverine volleyball makes it to the semi-final

Maggie Shane’s volleyball squad pushed the envelope at the annual Dayton Tournament this weekend. Despite two sick players, they stayed ahead of the competition before falling to Loyalton in the semi-finals.

“I think they did a great job,” coach Maggie Shane said. “With all our infirmities, people played positions they hadn’t ever played in practice, and they came together and worked it out, helped each other and communicated and did a really good job.”

Twelve teams were at the tournament, including 4A Fallon’s JV squad competing on the varsity level of the smaller schools. Other than Truckee, Dayton, Lowry, Whittell, Yerington, Loyalton, Virginia City, Fernley, Portola, Incline Village, Fallon and Spring Creek all played in the tournament.

We’ve improved since our last time,” junior Melissa Gadsby said. “It was exciting, playing varsity for the first time, setting for the first time. It was a little scary at first.”

Gadsby and senior Jesse Turner, were named to the all-tournament team.

The tournament started against Fallon’s junior varsity team on Friday morning. They took a close 10-11 loss to the 4A team in the first match and then lost the second 8-11.

The squad answered right back by taking down Fernley in two sets 11-1 and 11-7.

They followed that play by taking on Virginia City Friday night and coming away with two victories, 11-4 and 11-7.

Driving all the way back to Dayton Saturday morning after coming home Friday night, they split two lopsided sets with Dayton, losing the first one, 11-3, and then shutting Dayton out the second match, 11-0. Senior India Millholen served nine straight points for the Wolverines.

For the last match of the tournament, they split their sets with Whittell, 11-2 for a win and then 10-11 for a close loss. But their set record was 6-4, leaving them with the second seed in their pool for the tournament as they advanced to play the other pool’s first seed, Loyalton.

Truckee lost to Loyalton on Sept. 4, 1 set to 3. They took the first set 16-14 but Loyalton came on strong afterward, winning 7-15, 4-15 and 6-15.

In Dayton, Loyalton made those three wins in a row over Truckee extend to five.

Despite getting runs in both matches, Loyalton was able to stave off the Wolverines’ attacks, 5-15 and 7-15 and advance to the finals.

“I thought we did an awesome job,” senior Dana Brooks said. “I am very proud of our team for making it as far as we did into the pool since we’re the only varsity team to ever do that for Truckee High School.”

With the players in different positions, it helped Shane diversify her players’ skills.

“They kind of figured out that they’re more than just one position, that they can give more to the team and they can do it well,” Shane said. “They might have felt a little uncomfortable but they did a good job.”

The Wolverines were lead by Millholen with five kills and her nine straight points on serves against Dayton. Gadsby, Turner with three kills, junior Sam Waters with three ace serves on Friday, a sick senior in Laura Ford with three ace serves, junior Julie Hill with four ace serves and junior Jacqueline Diaz with two kills.

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