Wolverine volleyball smashes Incline
The girls’ varsity volleyball team started out their season with a win over Incline this past Tuesday.
In the opening match Truckee looked tough but seemed unable to put any points on the board. When they were able to get a side-out, they were unable to score.
The team slowly began to pick up the pace with a number of great defensive plays. As the match carried on, the Truckee team showed it could bounce back from its mistakes and get back to the game quickly.
Julie Hill had a great spike and a few big blocks. Mariel Lecuyer added an ace and Melissa Gadsby simply stepped up the level of intensity.
With the game at 14-14 Amber Harder came up with a nice spike from the middle of the court to end a long volley.
The Wolverines began to score easier, but it seemed the points were just enough for them to brake even with Incline.
At 20-19 Incline, the Wolverines found themselves at a stand still. They did not seem to make any errors, but neither did Incline. Truckee fell short to lose the first match 25-19.
In the second game Truckee began to capitalize of Incline’s errors.
Jesse Lamm showed strong serving as Hill came up with a few more big spikes.
The team really started to come together and the level of intensity increased with an ace from Gadsby and a giant block by Katie Malone.
Incline tried to show life and put some points on the board with the score 18-10 Truckee.
Truckee didn’t slow down with important spikes from Harder, Kelly Murphy, Kelly Ward and good serving again by Lecuyer to upset Incline 25-12.
In the third game the Wolverines started out slow as Incline was able to find holes in the floor that didn’t seem to exist the previous game.
Incline pulled out to a 6-1 lead.
“With rally scoring it’s really hard to come back,” said Head Coach Maggie Shane. “I told them every time you get the ball you need to score two points.”
Incline continued to pull away as Truckee struggled to get things rolling.
“We were letting our opponents dictate the pace,” Shane said. “They need to set the tempo.”
Truckee tried to change the momentum with a nice spike from Hill and an ace by Harder, but it they couldn’t manage to keep the momentum on their side of the court for very long.
Then before anyone knew it, with a spike from Murphy and Jesse Lamm, and a nice tip from Malone, the score was tied 13-13.
The pace of the game seemed to change and Incline couldn’t return anything in bounds. When Truckee found their flow Incline could do little to stop them.
The holes on Truckee’s side of the court vanished as the Wolverines showed their defensive side. Incline made attempts to come back, but not before Truckee won 25-20.
The fourth game proved to be nothing pretty for either team, but Truckee won without too much effort by a score of 25-18.
In the end Harder had nine kills and Hill had five. Lecuyer and Gadsby both had three aces.
“Things went well,” Shane said.
The Truckee plans to work on serving the ball more often.
“We seem to control the game better when we’re serving,” Shane said. “It’s a mentality left over from the side-out style of play.”
The Wolverines have a lot of depth on the team.
“We have good balance,” Shane said. “We don’t really have any holes in the line up.”
Shane says her strong defensive players from last year are developing into better offensive players.
“This should make a huge difference.”
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