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Volleyball: Douglas takes season-opener

by Joey Crandall, Sports Editor

Some hits are powerful enough to change the flow of electricity in an entire room.

As Kayla Dunn fired a kill past the Reed defense with Douglas trailing Reed in the fourth 9-15, it became apparent to everyone in the gym that the Tigers would win the match.

Douglas rode the momentum of of Dunn’s rocket to outscore Reed 15-4 in closing out the match with a season-opening 25-17, 25-19, 18-25, 25-19 win over the Raiders at Douglas High Tuesday night.

Dunn led the Tigers with 11 kills.

“Kayla is our fastest hitter,” said coach Velvet Steel, who picked up her first win at Douglas. “We’re going to look to her for that kind of performance all year.”

The Tigers breezed through the first two games, getting solid passing to set up a number of powerful hitters that kept Reed on its toes all night.

“Our passing went really well,” Steel said. “That really surprised me because it was just bad during our scrimmage yesterday. They came through tonight though.”

Reed turned around and took advantage of some Douglas mistakes to win the third game.

The Raiders built a 14-6 lead in the fourth and appeared to be well on their way to sending the match into its fifth game.

But the Tigers gained a point on a Reed error, another on a Whitney Estes block and a third on yet another Reed error, setting up Dunn’s kill.

Douglas fought back to bring the game to 14-17 before Tiger sophomore Dana Pardee sent a kill home to bring up a dominating series of serves from Erin Fitzgerald.

Using a big jump serve, Fitzgerald recorded three consecutive aces to give Douglas its first lead of the game at 18-17.

“Erin was never a question for us,” Steel said. “She always comes through on those jump serves.”

The Tigers worked the score to 20-19 before Cayla Knapp took over serving.

Knapp scored five straight service points to clinch the game and the match for the Tigers.

Estes finished the game with six kills while Knapp and Pardee each recorded three kills. Dawson Joyce-Mendive and Monica Knight each had two kills.

“Our net players were awesome tonight,” Steel said. “They weren’t getting to the block as much as I wanted, that was one thing, they have to change over and work on that. But overall, I was very happy with them.”

The Tigers next head to Elko Thursday and then travel to Galena this weekend for a tournament.

JV

The Douglas junior varsity squad swept past Reed in straight sets, 25-11 and 25-7 at Douglas High Tuesday night.

Danielle Brown enjoyed a strong hitting game in the second set and Ali Whitteman contributed strong defensive play and consistent hitting to help lead the Tigers.

FROSH

Mary Lombino scored several big points serving to lead the Tigers to a 25-22, 25-14 victory over Reed.

Kelly Davis was a solid defensive presence for the Tigers and Jennifer Stice added a couple big blocks to boost Douglas.