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DHS volleyball team sweeps 3 more opponents

by Chuck Smock

The Douglas volleyball team made it 11 wins in a row – all by three-game sweeps – with a 15-8, 15-2, 15-8 victory over South Tahoe on Thursday in the DHS gym.

An impressive display of offense and defense at the net carried the Tigers to the win.

Chelsey Myers pounded down 13 kills, while Emily Haas added nine kills and 11 blocks. Megan Brinkmeyer finished with four blocks.

“Our girls blocked extremely well,” Douglas coach Kira Laden said. “We had such a big block up that playing defense around it is a lot easier.”

Haas and Andrea Honer each had 12 digs, as Douglas’ back-row defense came up with big plays nearly every time the Vikings managed to get a ball past the Tigers’ block.

Laden said Thursday’s win over South Tahoe was even bigger than her team’s sweep of the Vikings in the first meeting between the two teams on Oct. 2.

“South Tahoe was stronger than the last time we played them because they had two girls who were out with injuries last time,” said Laden, who is 10-0 since taking over as head coach midway through the season. “They were stronger with the middles and outsides back. They’re a strong team. They really hustle. They gave us a challenge in a few spots.”

Douglas struggled a bit with serve-receive in a first game that last 35 minutes Thursday. The Tigers got things together in the second game and needed barely eight minutes to post the 15-2 win.

“I wasn’t as happy with our serve-receive tonight as I have been the last few games,” Laden said. “It was a little shaky in the first game, and that kept us from getting our momentum going.

“If we don’t have the pass, we don’t have three hitters so we don’t have all the options to set. I think that was a factor. We kinda started out slow in the first game and I think a lot of it was our passing.”