Pau-Wa-Lu volleyball sweeps matches, remains undefeated
The Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School eighth grade volleyball team remained undefeated this week with straight-set wins against Carson and Alder Creek.
Pau-Wa-Lu, now 7-0 in Tah-Neva League play, won 25-15, 26-14 at Carson on Tuesday and then returned home on Thursday to post a 25-8, 25-11 win over Alder Creek (Truckee).
Maddy Smalley had three kills and four service aces to help lead the Panthers past Alder Creek in a match that marked the start of the league’s second round. Hayley Killion also had three aces and one kill. Ciera Schinzing contributed one block and Vanessa Diaz one kill.
“It has been so great that I have been able to play every single player so far on the team in every game,” coach Rick Jenkins noted.
In Tuesday’s closely contested match at Carson, Jenkins credited Rori Fair and Amanda Hone, for quarterbacking the offense with “great sets.” The coach added that Taylynn Kizer played a key role with her back row defense.
Smalley led the Panthers with six kills and one block. Emily Carr also had three kills and one block, while Diaz and Fair had two kills each.
Smalley also contributed five service aces and Hone four.
Pau-Wa-Lu rallied to pull out a 15-25, 26-24, 15-7 win Thursday against Alder Creek.
The Panthers weathered an early five-point run by Alder Creek and came back to take the lead when Truett Bryce ran off straight service points. The set went back-and-forth the rest of the way before Meadow Shull stepped to the service line and closed it out.
In the final set, Emma Glover ran off a string of five points to give the Panthers a lead they never relinquished.
Alyssa Jenkins and Riley Mello each served two points to seal the match for Pau-Wa-Lu. Mello finished with three kills.
Coach Dan Hannah credited “a great overall performance by the entire team.”
On Tuesday, the Panthers won at Carson in straight sets, 25-20 and 25-16.
Ashlyn Nelson had seven aces and three kills for the Panthers, while Alyssa Jenkins posted 10 points, Glover six points with one ace, and Jessica James had three aces.
Courtney Battcher led the defense and James had one dig.