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Lady Indians avenge tie for title


NORTH TAHOE, California — The Elko volleyball team made it through the North Tahoe Tournament without a loss, but the Lady Indians needed to avenge a tie in order to pull off the championship against the hosts.

Elko finished the tournament with a 5-0-1 record, its only non-win coming in a one-set-apiece battle during pool play against North Tahoe.

Pool Play

The Lady Indians opened the tournament with a straight-set win versus Oasis Academy by scores of 25-17 and 25-15.

In its second match, Elko split its two frames against North Tahoe — winning the first by a score of 25-16 but falling in the second by a score of 25-18.

Against Pyramid Lake, the Lady Indians rebounded with a lopsided victory — blowing out the Lady Lakers (also the same mascot as North Tahoe) by scores of 25-8 and 25-6.

Elko closed the pool-play portion of the tournament with a two-set win of 25-18 and 25-15 versus Mira Loma (California).

“We were the No. 1 seed from our pool. The difference came down to our 25-16 win over North Tahoe compared to their 25-18 win over us, those two points,” said Elko coach Cammie Nelson.

Bracket Play

In bracket play, No. 1 Elko took out Incline in straight sets — opening with a 25-19 win and pulling away by a score of 25-12 in the second game.

The rematch for the championship was set as No. 2 North Tahoe beat the other No. 1 seed, Quincy (California), in three sets.

The Lady Lakers lost the first set 25-23 in a tight game, but North Tahoe bounced back with a 25-20 victory in the second set — forcing a race to 15 in the third game.

North Tahoe prevailed, barely.

With a 15-13 victory, the Lady Lakers set the stage for the second meeting against Elko.

“They were a pretty tired when they played us. They had to go three games against Quincy, so we had to wait about 30 or 40 minutes for them to get ready,” Nelson said. “We had a little time to rest before the championship.”

In the final, the Lady Indians’ fresher legs and improved play proved to be too much — Elko avenging the pool-play tie with a straight-set win by comfortable margins of 25-14 and 25-17 for the championship.

“We struggled to find a high level of play during pool play,” Nelson said. “The girls stepped up in bracket play and played their best ball of the day in the championship, but we still did not play at the level I expect.”


The Lady Indians (1-0 in league) will get back to Division 3A North matches, making road appearances at 6 p.m. Friday against Dayton (1-0 in league) and noon Saturday versus South Tahoe (0-0 in league).


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The Elko volleyball team fell for the first time in league play Saturday at South Tahoe, but the Lady Indians face the test of tests Friday when they welcome defending regional champion Truckee to Centennial Gymnasium.

Elko volleyball team wins opening set against No. 1 Truckee but continues to be unable to take down the top teams in the league in recent matches, Lady Indians sweep bottom-dweller North Valleys in straight sets. A key matchup will take place at noon Saturday when Elko (3-2 in league) host Fernley (4-1 league). 

The Elko volleyball team has been on a teeter totter as of late, wining one of its two weekend matches. The Lady Indians opened with a sweep of Sparks but wut were swept when they played a quality opponent such as Fernley. 

The Elko volleyball team wrapped up the first half of the league season on a high note. In road matches at Lowry and Fallon, the Lady Indians played one frame more than the minimum in consecutive wins — improving to 6-3 in the Division 3A North.

Elko volleyball overcomes first-set loss, comes back with three straight wins Wednesday versus Spring Creek. The Lady Indians (7-3 in league) will face Dayton (6-5 in league) at 6 p.m. Friday, at Centennial Gymnasium. The Lady Spartans (3-7 in league) will host South Tahoe (8-1 in league) at 6 p.m. Friday, in Spring Creek. 

The Elko volleyball team was unable to get over the hump in a straight-set loss Saturday against No. 2 South Tahoe after opening the home stand with a four-set victory Friday versus Dayton. 

The Lady Indians have gone 2-1 in their last-three road games, the lone loss coming in a five-set battle on Saturday at No. 1 Truckee. On Tuesday, the Lady Indians tore off a four-set victory at No. 3 Fernley. Elko will play at 6 p.m. Friday, in Sparks.

The Elko volleyball team finished the regular season with consecutive home sweeps of Fallon and Lowry, the Lady Indians closing the 3A North slate with a 13-5 record. No. 4 Elko will face No. 5 Dayton in the regional tournament at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Truckee High School. 

A promising season for the Elko volleyball team came to a disappointing close Saturday. For the third straight year, the Lady Indians fell a win shy of a trip to the state tournament. Following a four-set victory Friday over No. 5 Dayton, the No. 4 Lady Indians fell in a three-set sweep to No. 1 Truckee in the 3A North regional semifinal.

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