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Douglas volleyball sweeps Hawks

by Joey Crandall

Shorthanded and still reeling from a mistake-laden match at South Tahoe earlier in the week, the Douglas girls’ volleyball team clawed its way through a match against Hug Thursday night to get a much-needed straight-set sweep.

The Tigers reeled off 25-18, 25-20 and 26-24 wins against the Hawks but were plagued by ball-handling errors throughout the match.

“We need to work on our ball handling,” Douglas coach Velvet Steel said. “If this game looked bad, we looked worse against South Tahoe.”

Douglas was without standouts Katy Marsh and Monica Knight, who are both ineligible until this coming Friday. Steel declined to comment further on reasons why the two were unavailable.

“They really hurt us, not being out here,” Steel said. “But we are trying to regroup.”

The absence of Marsh and Knight did allow for two junior varsity call-ups to make an impact.

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Alex Risko registered four kills and Megan Myers had six aces and a dig Thursday night.

“We brought those two up to help us out and they were getting the job done for us,” Steel said. “Both of them are setters, but I felt comfortable using them as hitters too.”

Douglas also received step-up performances from Dawson Joyce-Mendive (four kills, seven aces) and Cayla Knapp (four kills, five aces, two blocks). Kayla Dunn dished out 17 assists to go with a dig and an ace and Whitney Estes doled out four kills of her own.

“The only way to go from here is up,” Steel said. “We had some little issues here and there with the girls, but they are learning that part of being a young adult is trying to cope with that.

“After South Tahoe, our attitudes really picked up which showed in this game. Our ball handling though … it was a slow-paced game and maybe that affected them. But, being at the varsity level, you have to be able to play it all.”

— Joey Crandall can be reached at jcrandall@recordcourier.com or at (775) 782-5121, ext. 212.