Senators win rivalry match
It wasn’t a volleyball match for the faint of heart. Then again, Douglas-Carson battles rarely are.
Jaycie Roberts had five of her 13 kills in the fifth set, as the Senators scored a 25-17, 24-26, 25-23, 19-25 and 16-14 Sierra League win over the Tigers Tuesday night at Morse Burley Gymnasium in Carson City.
Carson improved to 8-3 in league and Douglas dropped to 6-5.
“I’m proud of the girls,” Carson coach Robert Maw said. “It’s tough to play Douglas no matter what the records are. It was a good league win.”
The teams were tied at two games apiece and the fifth set was tied five times before Roberts got hot at the net and put the Senators ahead to stay.
A kill by Aubrey Caires gave the Tigers an 11-10 lead, however, Roberts had two kills and a dink as the Senators went up 13-11. Kills by Johnnie Saletti and Isabelle Peterson tied the game at 14 before the Senators closed out the the game and match.
It was a tough one for the Tigers, who could have moved into a third-place tie with a win.
“I think the girls are getting better each match,” Douglas coach Suzi Townsell said. “We’re still making some little mistakes … going five (sets) is what happens when we don’t finish the good play we started with.”
In the opening set, Carson nearly blew a 17-8 lead. Douglas, on the strength of three aces by Peterson closed to 18-15. The Senators regained the momentum by scoring four straight points on three kills by Maddie Jergesen and a nicely placed dink by Natalie Anderson.
Douglas closed to 23-17, but Carson scored two straight to close it out, the final point on a kill by Kylie Riske, who was moved to the right side by Maw. Riske finished with a team-high 16 kills.
“We moved Dajarah (Navarro) to the middle,” Maw said. “We’d been having trouble on the right side. When we played Bishop Manogue, they camped out against our middles and left-side hitters.”
In the second set, a 7-0 Carson run which featured two kills by Riske and one by Navarro, helped the Senators to a 21-18 lead.
Three straight kills by Taryn Allmett keyed a 6-0 run by Douglas and put the Tigers seemingly in control at 24-21. Two Douglas errors and a kill by Juliana Anderson tied the set at 24 before an Allmett kill and an ace by Alex Demaranville ended the set.
In the third set, the game was tied six times, the last deadlock at 23. Riske hammered a kill and Abby Pradere served up an ace to give the Senators a 2-1 lead after three sets.
In the fourth set, a 7-1 surge helped the Senators pull to within 15-13. Roberts had two kills and Makenzie Tucker had two aces during that stretch.
Douglas, led by two aces from Sophie Byrne, built a 23-16 advantage. After a dink by Juliana Anderson, the Senators closed to 23-18. Ashley Campagna closed it out for the Tigers with a kill.
Saletti finished with 14 kills, while Caires added 11, Allmett 10 and Peterson 10. Talyn Jackson gave an all-around performance that included 15 digs, 35 assists, 12 service points (four aces). Peterson also had 13 digs.
Pradere was credited with 32 digs and Roberts 20 to lead Carson’s defensive effort. Natalie Anderson handed out 50 assists.
Carson defeated Douglas in three sets, 25-18, 18-25, 18-16.
Madison Rodgers was a force at the net with 10 blocks to go with three kills and two aces. Peyton Craig had six kills and eight digs for the Tigers. Erika Leitenbauer had a team-high nine digs, while Robyne Foster contributed eight digs and eight assists. Sierra Sullivan also had three kills and Katie Davidson had two aces.
Douglas defeated Carson in two games 25-10, 25-14. The Tigers improved their season record to 9-3.