Senators block Tigers in four
A year ago, the Douglas High volleyball team rode the momentum of a regular season-ending win against arch rival Carson all the way to the Northern Division I Region Tournament championship.
The Tigers weren’t as fortunate on Thursday in their Senior Night match, however, as Maddie Jergesen and the Carson Senators blocked that momentum with a 3-1 victory before a crowd of nearly 400 at Randy Green Court.
Jergesen put down a career-high 16 blocks while Jaycie Roberts had a season-high 21 kills to help Carson (20-10 overall, 13-3 Sierra League) win by scores of 25-15, 25-11, 20-25, 25-20. The Senators clinched second-place in the final league standings with their win.
On the other hand, Douglas (14-11 overall, 8-8 league) will enter the region tournament as the Sierra’s No. 4 and a first-round match Tuesday night on the road against either Spanish Springs or McQueen.
“Totally, give Carson credit,” Douglas coach Suzi Townsell said. “They had a good week (including a win over league-leading Bishop Manogue on Tuesday). They’re just playing really well right now.”
Carson has won six straight matches since playing in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix on Oct. 2-3.
“We faced three of the top 25 teams in the nation,” Carson coach Robert Maw said. “That gave us a chance to play under adversity against a high level of competition and for the girls to develop a trust in each other. That tournament definitely brought our level of play up.”
The first set saw seven ties before Carson scored six unanswered points to take a lead it never relinquished. In the second set, Jergesen had four blocks and a kill while Roberts put down three kills as the Senators led start to finish.
In the third set, Hailey Hughes and Isabelle Peterson put down successive blocks in the middle and Raychel Allen served up an ace to give Douglas a 23-17 lead for its win. Aubrey Caires closed it out when she put down an assist from Talyn Jackson.
Then Douglas led by scores of 8-5 and 10-8 before Carson got on track in the fourth set.
Sophie Byrne had a block and Taryn Allmett followed with a kill — after Johnnie Saletti’s diving save — as Douglas pulled to within 24-20. Carson closed out the set and match, however, as Natalie Anderson set Kylie Riske for a shot down the middle.
“We had a chance to win that fourth game,” Townsell said. “We had the momentum, and they took it back.”
Caires led Douglas at the net with nine kills, while Peterson added seven kills and five blocks. Maddi Rozier and Allen contributed nine digs each. Allen also had 10 service points (three aces) and Jackson rang up three aces.
“We had our moments,” Townsell said. “We’re fighting. We’re a young team that just needs to learn how to finish.”
Douglas defeated Carson in two games, 25-12 and 25-20. Madison Rodgers led the Tigers with eight blocks, eight kills and three aces. Robyne Foster had 13 assists, while Erika Leitenbauer finished with seven digs and two assists. Meagan Laberth added four digs and Sierra Sullivan four kills. “As a coach, I could not be more proud of these ladies,” coach Marie Humble said. “They pushed themselves constantly to strive for greatness and team unity.”
Douglas concluded its successful season with a two-set victory against Carson, 25-12 and 25-20. The Tigers finished with a 13-4 record, a championship at the Truckee tournament and runner-up performance at the recent South Reno Junior Tournament.