The Coleville High volleyball team rallied for a critical 3-1 victory Tuesday night at home against Western Division IV rival Smith Valley.
After dropping the first set, Coleville (10-2 league, 15-9 overall) battled back to win the match and remain tied for first-place with Virginia City in the league standings. Smith Valley dropped to 9-3 in league (14-9 overall).
The game scores were 16-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-17.
“Our team came out slow with an uncharacteristic 10 hitting errors in the first game,” Coleville coach Kyle Pattison said. “The next three games combined we had 12 hitting errors.”
Stephanie Sandoval had 11 kills on 18 attempts to lead the Wolves at the net.
Libero Aide Merito was a “rock” with her digging and serving, Pattison noted, including 3 aces.
Smith Valley’s Josie Wortman had a double-double with 11 service points and 26 digs to go with 9 kills. Katie Ladd also had 9 kills and 15 digs for the Bulldogs, who had a four-match win streak snapped.
“Receiving support from our biggest crowd of the season really helped push the girls to a well-earned victory over a talented, well-coached team,” Pattison said of the match.
Coleville celebrates homecoming on Saturday with a league match against Mineral County. The junior varsity match starts at 10 a.m., followed by the varsity double header.
A presentation will be held before the match to recognize the team’s seniors: Inyka Warner, Miranda Sturdivant, Nicole Smith and Merito.
Note: In a pivotal contest tonight, Virginia City (10-2) hosts Whittell (10-3). Whittell is 9-0 in the month of October.