Douglas spikers 8-1 at High Sierra
An all-around team effort boosted the Douglas High volleyball team to a big performance last weekend during the 40-team High Sierra Invitational in Reno.
Douglas won eight of nine matches on Friday and Saturday, capped by a run of four straight victories to secure the tournament’s Silver Bracket title.
The Tigers improved their overall season record to 10-1 before the start of conference play. Douglas returns to action Thursday with a home match against North Valleys.
Saturday was a marathon effort for the Tigers with five wins in six matches (13 sets overall) against three Nevada opponents and three from California. The only loss came in the morning by a 2-1 score against Northern 4A rival Spanish Springs.
“The team is in a good groove and has a great bond going on,” Douglas coach Suzi Townsell said. “It was fun to play the California teams and have different competition. It’s a great tournament getting us ready for the season ahead.”
It was a gauntlet since each of those six opponents were playoff qualifiers during the 2015 season.
For starters, the Tigers dispatched central California foe Hilmar, 25-14, 25-14. Isabelle Peterson had nine kills, Talyn Jackson seven and freshman Anna Bertolone six. Raychel Allen was credited with 18 digs. Jackson and Madison Rozier had 14 and 13 assists respectively.
Then Spanish Springs defeated Douglas, 25-20, 12-25, 15-11. Sophomore Erika Leitenbauer provided a highlight for the Tigers with seven digs. Spanish Springs went on to earn a third-place tie in the tournament’s Gold Bracket
Douglas rebounded to defeat Del Oro (Loomis, Calif.), 25-21, 25-18. Sierra Sullivan and Peterson had eight kills each. Jackson had 12 assists and Allen eight digs.
The Tigers swept St. Francis (Sacramento), 25-17, 25-18. Peterson had nine kills, while Jackson and Bertolone added six each. Allen contributed 11 digs.
Douglas defeated Truckee 25-17, 25-14 as 10 players contributed kills. Truckee was the Nevada medium schools state runner-up last year.
Douglas finished the weekend with a 25-18, 25-9 win over McQueen behind eight kills from Jackson.
Three of those wins came against California programs that are traditionally strong. Hilmar has been the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV runner-up three years in a row and finished at the state tournament with a 36-8 record. St. Francis has won 12 section titles since 1991 and reigned as a California state champion in 2005. And Del Oro has been a playoff qualifier 17 of the last 19 years.
On Friday, the Tigers opened with a 25-12, 25-13 win over Nevada Union (Grass Valley, Calif.). Jackson had nine kills and 10 assists.
Douglas followed with a 25-16, 25-20 win over Dayton behind 12 kills from Bertolone (80 percent kill percentage) and nine from Jackson.
Jackson served up nine aces and had 17 assists as the Tigers bested Foothill (Bakersfield, Calif.), 25-14, 25-21.