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Volleyball: Tigers sweep Carson

by Darrell Moody

More heart. More desire. More defense.

Those were the three biggest reasons why Douglas High’s volleyball team swept Carson 25-22, 25-23 and 25-21 in a Sierra League match Thursday night at Morse Burley Gym.

The win avenged last month’s loss to the Senators in Minden. Carson dropped to 7-5 in league play, while Douglas improved to 5-7.

“We should have done this the other night against Spanish Springs,” said Douglas coach Suzi Townsell. “The girls had something to prove since they got beat so bad by Carson the last time. It’s fun to go out and play good volleyball.

“I told the girls that if they keep working hard something will come of it. The girls’ effort level tonight (was good). They haven’t been giving that extra effort. We played defense lights out.”

Townsell won’t get any argument from Carson coach Robert Maw.

“Except for Sarah (Lushina, 13 kills), they got their hands on every ball,” Maw said. “Sarah had a great night. They couldn’t stop her.

“Kudos to Douglas. They played well. They showed much more desire tonight than they did when we played them last month. They came to win. That was their agenda.”

Shawnee McFadden had 16 digs, libero Heidi Schefcik had 15, Haily Sclafani 10 and Cassi Uhart nine to shore up a strong defensive effort.

Carson started fast in the first game, enjoying leads of 6-3, 13-8 and 15-9 as Lushina had four kills in that span, while Micaela Vowinkel had a stuff block and kill.

Douglas scored the next six points, tying the game at 15. Hitting errors accounted for the first two points in the surge, and then Savannah Wood found an empty spot in the middle of the Carson defense to make it 15-12. After Sclafani served up an ace off the net, Carson was called for a net violation and then Wood blocked Lushina at the net to end the surge.

The teams exchanged points from there until kills by Katie McCullough and Uhart sparked a 3-0 surge and gave the opening game to the Tigers.

In Game 2, no more than three points ever separated the teams and there were three ties.

With the score tied at 16, a service error by Brooklyn Maw and a kill by McFadden gave the Tigers an 18-16 lead. Carson closed to 19-18, but Douglas scored the next two points for a 21-18 lead. McKenzie Price made it 21-19 with a push to an open area in the Douglas defense, and two straight hitting errors by the Tigers enabled Carson to close to 22-21.

Amanda Wartgow made it 23-21 with a kill, and then Carson scored on a Douglas hitting error. Douglas won it when Lushina’s hit went long.

The final game followed the same pattern as the second game. Carson took an early 7-4 lead thanks to three kills by Lushina and one from Alyson Christl, but the Tigers battled back for an 11-9 lead thanks to kills by Wood and Uhart. Carson also had a serving error and a hitting error in that surge.