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Lady Indians split, prep for Truckee

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SOUTH TAHOE, California — With an 11-3-1 overall record and a 2-1 mark in league play, the Elko volleyball team’s season has started well on paper.

However, the Lady Indians’ first loss in the 3A North came Saturday — opening their road trip with a win Friday — Elko now awaiting the crème de la crème.

Elko began its recent road stint with a four-set win over Dayton, following with a four-set loss against South Tahoe.

When the Lady Indians play their next match Friday, they will host defending regional champion Truckee.

Versus Dayton

Against the Lady Railroaders, the Lady Indians moved to 2-0 in the 3A North with a four-set win Friday night in Dayton.

Elko won the opening set by a score of 25-18, taking a two-set lead with a dominant victory of 25-10.

In the third set, Dayton earned its first and only win of the match by a final score of 25-19.

“We lost our focus and let off the gas in the third set,” said Elko coach Cammie Nelson.

The Lady Indians closed the show in the fourth frame, ending the match with an inversed victory of 25-19.

Senior Marissa Hein led Dayton with five kills, senior Taylor Kinney topping the roster with four aces — followed by three aces from Makayla Lawson.

Senior Julie Rogacs dished a team-high 11 assists.

Hein also paced the Lady Dust Devils defensively with nine digs, senior Amanda Woitas followed with eight and junior Maile Connor added seven.

*Senior setter Tamia Powell did not play.

“The Powell girl didn’t play. She would have helped them a lot,” Nelson said. “She was on crutches at the gym.”

Versus South Tahoe

In a rematch against the team that ended Elko’s 2018 season in the regional semifinal, the Lady Indians began Saturday’s match on a positive note against South Tahoe — Elko fading down the stretch in a four-set loss to the Lady Vikings.

Elko opened the match with a 25-22 win, but South Tahoe evened the tally with a 25-17 win in the second set.

In the swinging-third frame, the Lady Indians came up just short in a 26-24 marathon.

The Lady Vikings slammed the door with a 25-15 victory in the fourth set.

“I felt like we played pretty well all weekend, we just ran out of gas against South Tahoe,” Nelson said.

South Tahoe senior Abrielle Bross hammered 20 kills, senior Jerra McLaughlin following with 21 putaways.

From beyond the end line, senior Alysse Bross served a team-high four aces for the Lady Vikings — seniors Tyler Pevenage and Maile McDaniel serving two aces each.

Pevenage set up the offense with a remarkable 37 assists.

Abrielle Bross and senior Ruby Abuhajleh topped the defensive effort at the net with four blocks apiece.

South Tahoe found double-digits digs from three players: Abrielle Bross (17), senior Kaitlyn Racca (13) and Pevenage (12).

*Elko did not have stats for the weekend.

Up Next

The Lady Indians will face the test of tests against Truckee at 6 p.m. Friday, at Centennial Gymnasium, the Lady Wolverines winning the state championship four times (2009-2011, 2016) in the past 12 seasons — reaching the state title match each of the past-four years.

Elko will then take on North Valleys at noon Saturday, at Centennial Gymnasium.

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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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