After a resurgence last week with key wins over North Valleys and league-rival Galena, the Douglas volleyball team took a step back Tuesday night, falling in three games at home to McQueen.
The loss pushed Douglas' Northern Division I record to 5-8 with just three matches remaining in the regular season. Carson, which lost to Spanish Springs Tuesday night, carries an identical 5-8 record but currently holds the hammer over Douglas due to a five-game win in Minden earlier this season.
Damonte Ranch also still has an outside shot at the playoffs with a 3-10 record.
Wooster and Galena both stand at 6-7 after wins on Tuesday night.
Depending on how the final week shakes out, Douglas could still finish as high as second in the Sierra League standings, which would guarantee a home match in the first round of the regional playoffs. The Tigers could also still finish out of the playoff picture entirely if they stumble in any combination of their final three and either Carson or Damonte Ranch win their final three matches.
Douglas travel to Manogue, which clinched the Sierra League title with a win over Reno earlier in the week, Thursday night. The result there will be crucial to how the final week stacks up for the Tigers. Douglas hosts Damonte Ranch on Oct. 23 and closes out the regular season at Carson on Oct. 25.
On Tuesday night, the Tigers stuck close with McQueen through the first set before falling 25-23. McQueen pushed ahead for the sweep with identical 25-18 scores in the final two games.
Kristina Barnum had eight kills and Shawnee McFadden had six kills and six digs. Shelby Van Winkle had four kills, seven digs and 12 assists, Sage Pintler had 10 digs and two aces and Ariah Barth and Carmen Shaw each had three kills.
Maddy Strauss, Van Winkle, Jenna Broussard, Bailey Gansberg and Shaw each had an ace.
Hailee Porras had five digs, Barth, Broussard and Katie McCullough each had four and Bailey Gansberg added three.
Douglas dropped to 9-13 overall on the year with the loss.
The Douglas junior varisty volleyball team improved to 18-5 overall after defeating McQueen in three games, 23-25, 27-25, 15-5 Tuesday afternoon.
Emily Schmidt and Samantha Brown had six kills each, Amanda Weaver added five, Savannah Allmett had four, Makayla Shaver had three and Allie Galloway, Johnnie Saletti and Nikki Hamada had one each.
Brown had four blocks while Allmett added two, and Hamada and Weaver each chipped in 10 assists.
Hamada had four aces, Schmidt had two and Shaver, Shay Worley and Weaver each had one.
Worley led the defense with 13 digs, Schmidt tallied 10, Weaver had five, Maddy Lowe had three, Delaney Jacobson had two and Saletti, Shaver and Hamada had one each.
The Douglas High freshman volleyball team fell to McQueen in three games Tuesday night, losing 17-25, 25-20, 15-11.
Emma Sperry had four kills, Macie Harjes had four aces and a kill and Shannon Leiss had three kills and an ace.
Sarah Carter had two aces and a kill, Lizzy Byrne had three aces and three kills, Sophie Byrne had two kills and a block and Aubrey Caires had a kill and an ace.
Joey Crandall can be reached at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.