Records never mean a thing in any matchup between rivals. Needless to say, there will be no exception when the Douglas High volleyball team hosts Carson.
The 6 p.m. match will be Senior Night and the season finale for the Tigers, who are motivated to play even though they have been knocked out of the playoff picture (2-12 Sierra League, 18-15 overall coming into a Tuesday match at Damonte Ranch). Especially for the seniors who will be playing their final match, including third-year varsity veterans Katie McCullough, Shelby Van Winkle and Maddy Strauss.
“Definitely, we want a second chance (at Carson); we want to end the season on a good note and be able to say we went out with a win over Carson,” said McCullough, a 5-foot-10 middle blocker. “One of our main goals is always to beat Carson.”
Added Van Winkle: “So much more energy always gets put into the Carson game.”
The motivation is there even in a season when the Tigers have fallen far below their expectations.
“It’s frustrating not to meet our expectations because we were really looking forward to this year,” McCullough said.
The win-loss record isn’t due to lack of talent. The Tigers compiled a 14-3 record during their preseason, including the Silver Division championship at the season opening Las Vegas Invitational.
“I think this is the most talent we’ve had since our state championship team (in 2010),” Van Winkle said. “In my opinion, we have some of the best players in the league ... we just haven’t put it all together.”
Added Strauss: “The talent is here. We’re all capable of far more than we’ve shown.”
Note: Douglas lost 3-0 last Thursday at home against league-leading Bishop Manogue. The Miners won by game scores of 25-10, 25-9, 27-25. McCullough led the Tigers at the net with 10 kills to go with 1 block. Sophomore setter Nikki Hamada dished out 12 assists and senior Hailee Porras contributed a team-high 8 digs.