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Douglas volleyball remains undefeated

Donnie Nelson

Fourteen and counting.

Lulu Sewell fired 14 kills and Kaycee Green passed out 40 assists as the Douglas varsity volleyball team remained undefeated in league with a 15-7, 15-11, 15-9 victory Thursday over visiting South Tahoe.

Douglas, 14-0 and 26-1 overall, has just four matches left in the regular season. It should be able to win all of them and cap a perfect league campaign. Douglas will play at Fallon on Tuesday.

The Tigers jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first game on Sewell’s serve. Danelle Paterson had two of her 11 kills and one of her two stuffed blocks in the match during the run.

South Tahoe later drew within 10-7, but Jessica Granett served for three straight points, Molly Greenberg put down and kill and Sewell a stuffed block to end the game.

Douglas scored three straight points on Rebecca Goodspeed’s serve to open the second game.

The second point was nothing short of outstanding. Setter Kaycee Green lunged to her right and dug a hard shot by a South Tahoe outside hitter. Paterson tracked the ball down and made an instinctive, closed-fisted pass across the court to Greenberg, who drilled a kill down the middle.

Douglas built leads of 6-1 and 12-4 in the game, but South Tahoe got its act together defensively and rallied to with 13-11. However, eight service errors ultimately spelled doom for the Vikings.

Paterson and Green both came up with big plays, scoring on a broken play and on a net cord that fell over, respectively. Sewell, known as someone who can provide instant offense, was fantastic defensively, digging and controlling every hard shot fired at her.

Douglas went on a 4-0 run in the middle of game three to take a 10-2 lead. Granett had two kills and one stuffed block during the run. South Tahoe eventually cut the lead to 13-9, but Sewell came up with a stuffed block and Rebecca Rippee, who provided a spark late in the game with a couple of good gets and hits, served an ace to close out the match.

Greenberg added six kills and three blocks, and Goodspeed five kills. Linzy Doherty, Natalie Stratton and Crystal Soderman also saw playing time and contributed for Coach Jennifer DeJoseph.