TRUCKEE — The Dayton volleyball team made quick work of Elko in its opening match in the Northern Division IA playoffs, winning 25-15, 25-14, 25-23 Friday.
Dayton advanced to the semifinals in which it will play Lowry at 2 p.m. today for a berth to state. In the other semifinals, Truckee will play Fallon at noon.
“We came, we played great,” Dayton coach Monica Halverson said. “The first two games were played in a very controlled fashion with great court coverage and offensive plays. Passing was on point and my hitters were staying behind the ball. Our serving was really good.”
Rachel Hadley had 17 digs, Shalia Powell had 21 assists and nine digs, Makenna Olsen had six kills and Ashley Mason added eight digs for the Dust Devils.
“Rachel Hadley is consistently getting the ball up to Shalia Powell who can read the defense well to set up my hitters,” Halverson said.
Halverson also praised the play of middle blockers Olsen and Kassie Strong.
“Now in the third set, we lost our energy and played down and battled our way to a win by two. I don’t like finishing like that,” Halverson said.
Virginia City survives
RENO — Virginia City came back to beat Eureka 18-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-10 in the Northern IV quarterfinals. The Muckers advanced to the semifinals at 11:45 a.m. today at Wooster and with a win will advance to state.
Rachel Renaud had five aces and two kills, Kelsi Sequeira had three aces, one kill and 15 assists, Bethany Fuller had four aces and seven kills, Chelsea Nevin had one ace, nine kills, 14 assists and five blocks, Jordan Seddon had one ace, five kills and three blocks, Kaitlin Hames had one ace and three kills and Shaylyann Call added 10 digs for Virginia City (19-5).
REED 69, DOUGLAS 14
SPARKS — The Reed Raiders scored three touchdowns in less than six minutes to start the game and never looked back Friday night on their way to a 69-14 opening round region playoff victory against Douglas.
Reed (11-0) advanced to the Northern Division I semifinals in its quest for a fifth straight region title.
Meanwhile, Douglas (2-8) saw its season end with a playoff loss against Reed for the eighth straight year.
The Raiders only needed two plays to drive 30 yards on their opening possession, as quarterback Matt Denn scored on a 12-yard keeper.
Nick Gregg returned an interception to make it 14-0, giving the Raiders two touchdowns in a span of 71 seconds on the clock.
Jordan Carter’s 3-yard touchdown run extended Reed’s lead to 21-0 with 6:11 left in the first quarter.
Tre Bussey scored on a 30-yard fumble return to make it 56-0 with 6:28 left before halftime.
Douglas got on the scoreboard with 4:39 to go in the third quarter when tight end Taran Grove caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Bryce James.
The Tigers scored again in the fourth quarter when senior running back Sam Melhus punched in a 1-yard touchdown run.