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Douglas spikes sparks in volleyball action

by Chuck Smock, sports editor

Douglas volleyball coach Scott Akimoto mixed things up Wednesday when the Tigers played host to Sparks.

And the Tigers didn’t miss a beat. With three news faces in the starting lineup, the Douglas girls cruised to a 15-3, 15-9, 15-11 victory.

“I heard Sparks wasn’t really that good, so I thought I’d get a bunch of the kids some playing time,” Akimoto said. “Actually, they beat them up pretty easily. That was nice to see.

“Everyone is working real hard in practice and they’re all looking for playing time. The more playing time we get for everybody is definitely going to help us later in the season.”

Sophomore setter Brittany Addeo and senior outside hitters Andrea Christen and Jennifer McCrosky stepped into the starting lineup Wednesday and all three shined against the Railroaders.

McCrosky got things started in the first game with a 10-point service run that included three aces and three kills from Christian, who finished the match with four kills, two aces and two digs.

McCrosky added three kills, four aces and seven digs. Addeo dished out 26 assists to go along with three aces, three digs and two kills.

Sophomore starting middle blocker Emily Haas turned in another solid performance at the net and in the back row. She finished with four kills, five blocks and seven digs.

Megan Brinkmeyer added four kills and three blocks, while Nati Ordas had three kills.

Jencie LeJeune had three kills, two blocks, two digs and one ace.

Senior setter Jamie McCreary was sick didn’t play in the match. Akimoto also kept junior starters Andrea Honer and Chelsey Myers on the bench the whole night.

The Tigers will play the Elko Indians in Elko today. The JV match is scheduled to start at noon and the varsity match will follow. Elko does not have a freshman team.

The win over the Railroaders followed a disappointing five-game loss to the Carson Senators on Tuesday. Carson prevailed, 15-6, 12-15, 15-12, 11-15, 16-14.

“That was tough match,” Akimoto said. “It could have gone either way. Carson played really well. They did a lot of things we didn’t expect them to do. And we didn’t play especially well defensively and our blocking was horrible.”