Douglas sweeps Carson for league volleyball title
MINDEN – There would be no magical comebacks for the Carson volleyball team against Douglas this time.
Once again, Douglas won the first two games from Carson. But unlike the first meeting in which the Senators came back to win in five games, the Tigers defeated Carson 15-11, 15-12, 15-7 in the showdown for the Sierra League title.
Douglas finished at 14-2 while Carson settled for the Sierra League’s No. 2 seed at 13-3. Both teams will have home matches at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the first round of the Northern Nevada 4A Playoffs. The semifinals and finals of the regional playoffs will be held Saturday at South Tahoe.
“They beat the heck out of us,” Carson Coach Daryl James said. “We didn’t compete very well, but they played very well. No doubt about it. They were the better team.”
After two hard fought games, Douglas took control in game three. “Very pleased with the team’s effort,” Douglas Coach Scott Akimoto said. “That’s pretty much the best we’ve played all year. We’re right about where we should be.”
The two teams battled to an 11-11 tie in game one before Douglas took control on two straight blocks by Megan Brinkmeyer.
“Our blocking was amazing,” Akimoto said. “Our blocking was probably the key to the game.”
Kaitlin Leck began game two for Carson by serving for five straight points to give the Senators a 5-0 lead. Leck served for four aces and Megan Anderson had a block during the stretch.
After Douglas came back to tie the game 5-5, Carson regained a 10-5 advantage behind two straight aces by Rachael DeRiemer. But the Tigers came back again when Jamie McCreary served for five straight points. McCreary’s ace tied the match 10-10.
With the score tied 11-11, blocks by McCreary and Brinkmeyer gave Douglas a 13-11 lead. Leck’s kill pulled Carson to within 13-12, but Tess Sheridan’s ace for Douglas put the game away.
After Douglas took a 5-2 lead in game three, Chrissy Joseph served for two straight aces to bring Carson to within 5-4.
Brittany Addeo had two straight blocks to put the Tigers back up 8-4.
After Jennifer Saunders served for an ace to bring Carson within 8-6, Douglas regained control behind two aces from McCreary. Emily Haas’ quick hit on a set from McCreary put the match away.
Haas had nine kills, one ace, 10 digs and two blocks, Jencie LeJeune had eight kills, seven digs and one block, Andrea Honer had three kills and one block, Brinkmeyer had five kills and one block, Chelsey Myers had six digs, Addeo had four digs and four assists and McCreary had 25 assists and five digs.
For Carson, Leck had 11 kills. “Basically, Carson’s a very good team,” Akimoto said. “Kaitlin’s probably one of the top players in the state.”