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Douglas volleyball team aims high

Talyn Jackson

A mixture of new and veteran players makes up the Douglas High volleyball team's roster coming into its 2017 season. Even so, the Tigers return with their same high expectations.

"We're going to surprise a lot of teams, but I like it that we're going in as an underdog" said Suzi Townsell, who is entering her 11th season at the helm of the Douglas program. "It is going to be a fun year for Douglas Tiger volleyball."

Douglas has compiled a 229-84 record in Townsell's 10 previous seasons as head coach, highlighted by region and state championships in 2010 as well as a region title in 2014. The Tigers were 25-11 and the region tournament runner-up last year.

Seven returnees, including all-league selections Talyn Jackson and Hailey Hughes, lead the Tigers into a new season that begins Tuesday night with a 6 p.m. match against McQueen and continues tonight at home with a nonconference match against South Tahoe. Jackson and fellow senior Alex Robinson are the team captains.

"Alex and Talyn are doing a good job of keeping the girls motivated," Townsell said.

Jackson, a fourth-year starter who has verbally committed to play at Virginia Tech, was a first-team all-league setter last year with 656 assists (7.5 per set), plus she led the team in service points (248), aces (84). She also ranked second in digs (221), third in kills (165) and third in blocks (53).

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Hughes, a 6-1 junior middle blocker, returns as a third-year varsity veteran and as a second-team all-league selection.

Robinson and junior Madison Rozier are third-year varsity veterans. Sierra Franklin, Erika Leitenbauer and Hannah Kyle are also varsity returners from last year. Two losses during the offseason included all-league freshman Anna Bertolone, who moved to Washington, D.C., and Sierra Sullivan due to shoulder surgery.

SCHEDULE

Today McQueen, 6 p.m.

Aug. 30 South Tahoe, 6 p.m.

Sept. 1-2 @ High Sierra Tournament, Reno

Sept. 5 @ North Valleys, 6 p.m.

Sept. 7 Spanish Springs, 6 p.m.

Sept. 12 Reed, 6 p.m.

Sept. 14 @ Hug, 6 p.m.

Sept. 19 @ Reno, 6 p.m.

Sept. 21 Bishop Manogue, 6 p.m.

Sept. 26 Damonte Ranch, 6 p.m.

Sept. 28 @ Wooster, 6 p.m.

Oct. 3 @ Galena, 6 p.m.

Oct. 5 Carson, 6 p.m.

Oct. 10 @ Bishop Manogue, 6 p.m.

Oct. 12 @ Damonte Ranch, 6 p.m.

Oct. 14 @ Carmichael Invitational, TBA

Oct. 17 Wooster, 6 p.m.

Oct. 19 Galena, 6 p.m. (Senior Night)

Oct. 24 @ Carson, 6 p.m.

Bold denotes home game

ROSTER

1. Sierra Franklin, 5-11, sr. (RS, OH)

2. Maddy Rozier, 5-6, jr. (S)

3. Caitlyn Costa, 5-10, sr. (RS, OH)

4. Lindsay Marangi, 5-7, jr. (OH)

5. Erika Leitenbauer, 5-8, jr. (L, DS)

6. Robyne Foster, 5-6, sr. (S)

7. Hannah Kyle, 5-10, jr. (MB)

8. Scarlett Harmon, 5-8, sr. (OH, RS)

9. Hailey Hughes, 6-1, jr. (MB)

10. Olivia Johnson, 5-4, so. (L, DS)

11. Isabella Tomassi, 5-10, so. (OH, RS)

15. Angelina Wolff, 5-8, jr. (OH, RS)

16. Jolee Godde, 6-1, so. (MB)

22. Alex Robinson, 5-4, sr. (DS)

23. Talyn Jackson, 5-11, sr. (S, OH)