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Tigers ready for run at league title in volleyball

by Chuck Smock, sports editor

Early last week, the Douglas volleyball team’s hopes for winning a Sierra League championship appeared to be dashed when the Tigers lost a tough, five-game match to undefeated Carson.

Douglas didn’t dwell on the loss, though. In fact, the Tigers reeled off four straight three-game sweeps -including wins this week over Wooster and South Tahoe – after the loss to the Senators.

And the Tigers (11-2) got some help in their quest for a league title this week when Carson (10-2) lost matches to Wooster and Fallon.

The Tigers will play only once next week, a Tuesday road match at Hug.

Douglas will finish the regular season the following week with a match at Reno on Oct. 24 and a home showdown with Carson on Oct. 26.

Emily Haas finished with eight kills, three digs and two blocks to lead the Tigers to a 15-9, 15-11, 15-8 win over South Tahoe on Thursday at South Tahoe.

Jencie LeJeune had five kills and three digs, while Megan Brinkmeyer added four kills and two blocks.

Andrea Honer made seven digs and had two kills and two aces. Chelsey Myers had five digs and two kills.

Jamie McCreary served 20 of the Tigers’ 45 points, including three aces. She also handed out 21 assists and had two digs.

Tess Sheridan served for 10 points, with two aces.

The Tigers tuned up for the Vikings with a three-game win over Wooster on Wednesday.

Wooster came into the match at DHS riding a wave of momentum that included a win over previously undefeated Carson on Tuesday.

The Colts were no match for the Tigers, though. Douglas romped, 15-8, 15-7, 15-6.

“Everyone got to play and everyone did their share to beat them,” Akimoto said. “It was a big win for us.”

Haas had seven kills and three digs against Wooster.

LeJeune added six kills and two digs, Brinkmeyer finished with five kills and McCreary and Nicole Weber each had four kills. McCreary also had 28 assists to go along with eight aces and five digs.

Back-row defensive specialist Tess Sheridan led the Tigers with seven digs.

Honer finished with seven aces and five digs.

The Douglas junior varsity volleyball team improved to 13-0 this week with wins over Wooster and South Tahoe.

On Wednesday, the Tigers beat Wooster, 15-7, 15-4. Angela Grady finished the match with an ace.

Douglas coach Kira Laden said Devon Bateman passed well and played aggressive defense against the Colts.

Douglas defeated South Tahoe, 15-6, 15-11, on Thursday.

Kelly McKinnon set the ball well and gave the Douglas hitters lots of good chances to hit, and Kaitlyn Gorrindo served consistently and passed well out of the back row.