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Staff reports

The Douglas volleyball players looked a little stunned three games into their match with South Tahoe on Tuesday in the DHS gym.

South Tahoe won two of those three games by a total of four points, thanks in part to six Douglas service errors and problems in the Tigers’ serve-receive department.

Faced with losing a match to a team they clearly expected to beat, the Tigers rallied. And, with renewed intensity, Douglas pulled off a 13-15, 15-3, 13-15, 15-7, 15-10 victory.

“Going five games with Tahoe was an eye-opener for us,” Douglas coach Scott Akimoto said. “We need to learn we can not look past anybody.

“Anytime we face anybody, we have to play as hard as we can. Everyone we play is going to play us like we’re a state champ. Everybody is there to knock us off.”

Strong serving by Chelsey Myers and Jencie LeJeune and dominating net play by Megan Brinkmeyer and Myers helped the Tigers win the fourth game. Myers served seven points in a row with the help of two kills from Andrea Honer and a block and a kill from Brinkmeyer.

The fifth game -played with rally scoring rules in which every serve results in a point – featured five lead changes in the first 10 points before the Tigers earned an advantage with a South Tahoe error and back-to-back aces by LeJeune. A block and a kill by Brinkmeyer, a kill by Emily Haas and a diving dig by Jamie McCreary that found the floor on the South Tahoe side of the net allowed the Tigers to close out the match.

McCreary dished out 43 assists to go along with 11 digs, four kills and two aces.

Myers had 10 kills and 12 digs, Haas added nine kills and three aces, LeJeune finished with nine kills, Brinkmeyer had six kills and two blocks and Honer had five kills.

The Tigers improved to 5-1 with the win. They will play host to Reno High on Tuesday and Hug High on Thursday.