Wolverines spike Lakers
The Truckee High volleyball team opened its Northern 3A League season on an upbeat note at home Wednesday when it defeated rival North Tahoe in consecutive sets, 25-16, 25-10, 25-16.
“It was a great season opener for us,” said first-year Truckee coach Nicole Annaloro. “I was impressed with all of our girls.”
Callan Finney, a 5-foot-10 sophomore described by Annaloro as Truckee’s “offensive force” in the match, led the Wolverines with nine kills, six service aces and six digs.
“We did very well,” Finney said. “We had great serves, our defense was pretty good and we had amazing hits ” and our setters were outstanding.”
The match marked the 11th of the season for the Wolverines, who went 6-4 and placed second in the Lowry Tournament on Aug. 25-26. The contest was the first of the season for the Lakers.
“We’re still in preseason form,” said Tom LeFevers, North Tahoe’s coach of eight years. “There are some things we need to work on, but I saw a lot of good things …
“Our setting was better than I thought it would be, and our hitting was good. I expect to do well this year.”
Based on what he saw in his team’s first match, LeFevers said the Lakers will return to practice with the goal of improving their passing. But it’s not an area of concern.
“That will come with time,” LeFevers said.
The match offered Annaloro her first taste of the North Tahoe-Truckee rivalry, which, as always, entailed vocal student sections jawing back and forth in support of their team.
“It was really fun. I didn’t know what to expect,” Annaloro said of the scene. “It was fun to see the gym filled with Truckee and North Tahoe fans on both sides. That definitely adds an element of intensity to a match. It fires the girls up.”
Senior defensive specialist Jordan Raber gave Truckee’s rooting section reason to fire up on a number of occasions by diving all over the court, finishing the match with a team-high seven digs.
Truckee junior Erica Tassone had 11 assists and senior Megan Murphy seven. Juniors Julie McNamara and Katie Reiswig each had four kills.
“I thought, overall, we played really well,” Reiswig said. “Everything was on. I think we’re gonna do really well this season.”
Juniors Melanie Lashbrook and Alexa Terrell also had two blocks for the Wolverines.
While the Lakers were the decidedly smaller team in terms of player size, they received big play from Kayla Baumgardner, Kim Moore, Haley Schimmer and Alcyen Johnson, among others.
Schimmer led North Tahoe with 14 assists while Baumgardner had five blocks and Johnson two kills.
“I thought our team played really well,” said Johnson, a senior. “It was a good game for us. We just haven’t had as much practice (as Truckee).
“We’re improving with every practice and I think we’ll continue to improve every game,” Johnson continued. “By the end of the season we’ll be a great team.”
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