Douglas High School’s remodeled gym will see its first official action today when the Tigers’ volleyball team hosts Reed.
The Northern Division I teams will meet in a cross-over match scheduled to start at 6 p.m.
With only one starter back from 2013 and four returnees overall, Douglas opened its season Friday and Saturday with a 5-2 record and fourth-place finish in the Gold Division at the 24th annual Las Vegas Invitational. Reed also won six matches during Silver Division play in Las Vegas.
Douglas swept past three straight opponents Friday during pool play then reached the Gold bracket semifinals before losing to eventual champion Coronado (Henderson), 2-0 (25-15, 25-14). The Tigers lost to Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.) in the third-place match, 2-1 (25-27, 27-25, 15-8). Both of those losses came against reigning championship teams: Coronado is Nevada’s defending state Division I champion and Taft is the the defending Los Angeles Division II city champion. Coronado went 9-0 to win the Gold Division.
Coach Suzi Townsell was upbeat about the team’s opening weekend performance.
“We are very excited to see how the team will progress as the season moves along,” she noted. “Over the weekend, the improvement we saw was thrilling to watch. They worked as a team and did not give up. The effort was wonderful. It is going to be a fun season with an amazing group of young women.”
Douglas won its pool play matches Friday against three Southern Nevada opponents: Arbor View (25-9, 25-12), Foothill (25-13, 26-24) and Boulder City (25-21, 25-18).
The Tigers came back on Saturday to defeat Legacy (North Las Vegas) 2-0 (25-18, 25-10) and Buhach Colony (Atwater, Calif.) 2-0 (25-22, 25-10).
The team’s returnees — seniors Ariah Barth, Carmen Shaw and Montrashay Worley, plus junior Maddy Lowe — all played roles during the weekend. Shaw led the team with 30 kills, 18 blocks, 20 service points and 13 aces. Barth contributed 19 kills and Lowe 10, while Worley had 25 digs.
Talyn Jackson and Emma Sperry guided the offense with 43 and 33 assists respectively. Jackson delivered 15 service points and 10 aces.
Aubrey Caires had 23 kills, Isabelle Peterson and Taryn Allmett added 12 kills each and Sophie Byrne 10. Raychel Allen led the team with 27 digs.
Douglas has 10 players up from a junior varsity squad that went 25-2 last season.