The Carson High volleyball team can be a little more relaxed as it took care of clinching a Northern 4A playoff berth by sweeping Wooster in 25-15, 25-18, 25-19 on Thursday at home.
Carson improved to 7-3 in the Sierra League, clinching a playoff spot and virtually assuring itself of a third place finish in the league, heading into its last two matches against Reno High and Douglas.
Senator coach Shana Wilkins said it was the first time this season her club was on all cylinders as a team.
"It was a great match," she said. "It was the first time we played as a team all season. They're putting it together when it matters."
Carson jumped out to a 7-2 lead in game three. After Wooster closed to within 7-5, quick hits by Nicole Scott and Catherine Brekken off sets from Lindsay Ford and Sydney Parker's crosscourt kill made it 10-6. Sandra McAlman had four kills during one stretch as the Senators built an 18-12 lead. McAlman ripped a fastball down the line to make it 15-9 and then came back with a changeup over the middle to make it 16-10.
Wooster closed to 20-18, but kills by Lindsey Kern and Brekken and a Ford dink helped put the match away. Scott had eight kills and three blocks, McAlman had six kills, Brekken had four kills and three blocks, Kern had three kills, two aces and nine digs and Ford added 25 assists, three digs and four blocks.
DAYTON 3, TRUCKEE 1
Dayton stayed in first place in the Northern 3A with 25-13, 15-25, 25-16, 25-23 win. The Dust Devils (24-4, 12-2) can wrap up the Northern 3A regular season title, which would mean hosting the Northern 3A playoffs, by winning their last two league matches, including Wednesday at home against North Tahoe in a makeup contest.
Amanda Sbragia had 15 kills, seven blocks, 17 digs and two aces, Michelle Bowman had four kills, one block, 14 assists and seven digs, Macy Hamlin had four kills, two aces and six digs, Melony Cox had four kills, Nicole Greer had three kills and four digs and Gina Henderson had seven assists and two digs against Truckee. Dayton lost the junior varsity and freshmen matches.
GALENA 3, DAMONTE RANCH 0
Galena (35-5, 10-0) rolled to a 25-10, 25-12, 25-8 win. Kate Wallace had 21 assists and four aces, Lydia Mailander had 12 kills, Jenny Burrows had eight kills, two aces, five digs and two blocks, Julia Mailander had eight kills, Nancy Burrows had three kills and two blocks, Whitney Garol had six digs, Kelly Drury had four digls and Chelsea Appelbaum had five aces and four digs.
CARSON JVS 2, WOOSTER 1
Carson improved to 8-2 in league with a 25-23, 24-26, 15-11 win. Courtney Katefias had eight kills and Brooke Conway and Whitney Hoote each had seven kills to lead the attack. Jen Atchian led the serving effort, Julia Lopez played well defensively and Kelly Brothers and Nicole Carlevato each added two blocks.