CARSON CITY — Heading into the home stretch, both the Carson and Douglas high school volleyball teams know they need to play much better than .500 volleyball to make the post-season party. For the Carson Senators, Tuesday night was a good start.
Thanks to the hitting of Savannah Smith, Allison Kibi, Gaby Palazzolo and Yana Spence, the Senators knocked off rival Douglas 25-21, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-22 in a Sierra League match at Morse Burley Gym.
Carson, which entered the match one game behind Wooster for the final Sierra League playoff spot, improved to 4-5 in league.
Douglas, which dropped to 1-8 (17-11 overall), was unable to sustain the momentum it gained from a 3-0 win at Hug last Thursday. The Tigers now have three games to make up, and two teams to pass in the standings, to have a shot at the postseason. And only seven dates remain on the schedule, the last a rematch with Carson on Oct. 31 in Minden.
“This team can compete with any team in the league,” coach Suzi Townsell said. “They are a group of talented players, they just have to work on chemistry and teamwork. If you don’t have teamwork you aren’t going to get very far. There were parts when we played great and times where we weren’t consistent. Hopefully we can turn the corner.”
With top hitter Juliana Anderson struggling because of illness, the Senators relied on Smith, Spence, Palazzolo and Kibi for key points throughout the match. Spence and Kibi had seven kills apiece, Smith added six and Palazzolo added five. Coach Robert Maw was impressed with the floor play of Jaycie Roberts and Makenzie Tucker, who finished with 11 and five kills, respectively. Kylie Riske contributed a team-high five blocks.
“It was a good win,” coach Robert Maw said. “It’s always good when you beat your rival.
“We put in a new defense. It’s more of a rotation defense. You have to read different hitting spots on the floor. We got a little lazy in the second game, and it cost us.”
Douglas remained undefeated with its 2-0 win at Carson. The game scores were 25-14, 25-6.
The Douglas JV club improved its record to 16-0 overall for the season, 9-0 in league.
Raychel Allen had a double-double with 10 service points and 10 digs, while Aubrey Caires had a team-high 11 service points and Emma Sperry handed out 11 assists. Eight different players contributed kills.
Last Thursday, the Douglas JV squad swept to a 2-0 victory against Hug. The game scores were 25-6, 25-12.
Ten players contributed kills to lead the Tigers at the net. Johnnie Saletti had a team-high seven kills and Sperry had seven assists.
Back up against a wall, Douglas rallied to pull out a 2-1 victory at Carson 2-1. The game scores were 25-22, 23-25, 16-14.
The Douglas frosh improved to 12-4 on the season.
The match was tight throughout, with neither team gaining more than a 4-point advantage, according to coach Klaus Leitenbauer. The Tigers trailed 14-12 in the final set and fought off two match points before they secured their victory.
Kaitlyn Palaroan had 16 digs and Ashley Campagna 13 to lead the Tigers statistically.
Last Thursday, Douglas defeated Hug by the scores of 25-9 and 25-14. Brynn Rothfusz contributed 14 service points, including six aces.