DHS volleyball improves to 11-0
The Douglas volleyball team maintained its undefeated record with two relatively easy victories this week.
The Tigers needed just seven games to dispatch Carson and Sparks and improve their record to 11-0.
Next week should present the last big regular-season test for the Tigers. Douglas plays host to Wooster on Wednesday and then travels to play South Tahoe on Thursday. The Vikings extended the Tigers to five games in the Douglas games earlier this season.
“We have to have confidence in ourselves and forget what happened last time,” said DHS senior Rebecca Rippee. “We’ve been playing at a higher level recently. Our technique has been good and we’re cutting down on the mental errors. We’re progressively getting better and we can see the results.”
The Railroaders got an up-close-and-personal look at that progress Wednesday. Douglas steamrolled Sparks in three games in the Tigers’ gym.
“It was a good game because everyone got to play and everyone contributed,” said senior setter Kaycee Green. “Everybody stepped it up and played pretty well.”
Green added that the Tigers are continuing to work on the differences between this year’s team and the team that finished second in the state last year.
“Last year, we thought we were invincible,” she said. “This year, we know we have to keep our work ethic and intensity up all the time.
“Last year, we would roll over teams. This year, we have to come in knowing that teams are ready to try to surprise us.”
The Tigers beat Carson in four games Tuesday.
“Coach (Jennifer DeJoseph) said none of us missed a serve all night. That’s an accomplishment,” said senior Linzy Doherty, who had a string of 14 straight points to start the third game. “We’ve been working on that a lot in practice and it’s something we wanted to do well tonight.”
The Tigers were solid in other aspects of the game.
Doherty and the Tigers were already up 9-0 in the third game when Michelle Roza came up with a diving save to keep a rally going. Moments later, Green put up a quick back set to LuLu Sewell, whose bolt down the middle wasn’t touched.
“They have a good team, a very good team,” Carson coach Daryl James said. “If you watch them, they pass well. That’s the key to their game. Then they can run, and Kaycee’s good.”
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