Carson rallies to beat Douglas
Douglas. Carson. Five sets. Thrilling finish.
Did you really expect anything else from the Sierra League rivals?
Led by the hitting of Jaycie Roberts (26 kills) and Keelin Pilgrim (15 kills), the Carson High volleyball team bounced back from a 2-0 deficit to win 10-25, 12-25, 25-18, 29-27 and 17-15 Tuesday night at Morse Burley Gym in Carson City. The rivals left the court with identical 8-3 league records, tied for second-place in the standings behind Bishop Manogue.
Douglas came back on Wednesday night and lost 3-0 at home against Manogue (12-0 league, 19-5 overall). The Miners won 25-20, 25-12, 25-23 at Randy Green Court before a crowd that included Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Manogue alum. Douglas (8-4, 18-5) held leads in the first set (6-3 and 8-7) as well as the third set (10-6 and the score was tied 22-22), only to fall short at the end.
The Tigers certainly played tough at Carson and were on the brink of victory on more than one occasion.
“It’s always been tough against Douglas,” said setter Natalie Anderson, who dished out 41 assists. “Douglas always brings its A game. I had faith we could pull through.”
Certainly coach Robert Maw aged several years.
“We hadn’t seen them play this year and we had no film on them,” Maw said. “They are playing a lot faster than in years past. We weren’t quite ready for that.”
Douglas had two chances to finish off the Senators in the final set. Each time Pilgrim came through with a big kill.
With the score tied at 4, the Tigers scored seven of the next 10 points to take an 11-7 lead. Freshman Anna Bertolone, sophomore Hailey Hughes and senor Isabelle Peterson had two kills apiece for the Tigers. A service ace by Abbey Paulson and a kills by Ku’ulei Haupu tied the match at 14. Hughes made it 15-14, however, kills by Pilgrim and Roberts put the Senators back on top.
Earlier, the Tigers had momentum in winning the first two games.
Douglas took a 12-3 lead in the opener as Sierra Sullivan had three kills and Peterson two. Douglas closed out the game with an 8-1 run, as Peterson had a kill and stuff block, and Talyn Jackson stuffed a Carson spike at the net to end it.
In the second game, Douglas broke open a tight 11-10 game with a 9-2 run to make it 20-12 as Peterson contributed two kills.
The third set was all Carson, much to the chagrin of Douglas coach Suzi Townsell.
“We didn’t move on from points when we made mistakes,” she said.
Translation. Things started to snowball on the Tigers and they were unable to turn the momentum back around.
With the score tied at 8, Carson scored 14 of the next 17 points to open up a 22-11 lead. Roberts had three kills during the surge, as did Pilgrim. After a Jackson dink, Carson closed it out with three straight points.
The fourth game was a classic. Carson built leads of 10-4 and 15-11 behind Pilgrim and Roberts. Peterson brought the Tigers back to 18-16 with two kills, and two kills by Sullivan put Douglas in front, 20-19. From there, the score was tied at 20, 23, 24, 25 and 26. Douglas led 26-25, but missed the serve, tying the set at 26. Jackson put the Tigers ahead 27-26, however, a service error tied the score at 27-all.
Carson took two straight sets from Douglas, winning 25-21, 25-23.
Douglas defeated Carson in two straight games, 25-13, 25-22.
Mayci Mariani and Emily Carr had four kills each for the Tigers, while Meika Cole contributed three kills and five serving points.
Leah Schemenauer had seven points and Jolene Votel four points for the Tigers.
(Editor’s note: Dave Price of The Record-Courier contributed to this report.)