The tougher the competition during the regular season, the better prepared the Wolverines will be come playoff time.
That’s Truckee volleyball coach Erika Murphy’s philosophy when it comes to scheduling tournaments against schools several times the size of Truckee. And that was the case again this past weekend as the Wolverines competed in the Davis High Tournament in California, where they finished 1-3.
“The tournament afforded us quite a bit of learning about our stamina and communication on the court in a stressful situation — something that will stick longer in our minds as we prepare for the league season,” Murphy said.
Truckee opened the tournament with a win against Kennedy from the Sacramento area, 25-8, 25-13, then followed with a loss to Ponderosa (Shingle Springs), 18-25, 24-26, and another to Rodriguez (Fairfield), 25-13, 13-25, 13-15.
That placed the Wolverines in the silver division for the afternoon, with a match against International from San Francisco. After Truckee won the first game, 25-21, International took the second game, 25-22, to force a third game playoff. Taxed from their previous matches, the Wolverines fell in the deciding set, 13-15.
Senior libero Kestlie Stefanelli was Truckee’s Player of the Match against Kennedy, recording 11 digs. Mackenzie Redner tallied nine kills as Becca Berelson and Gabby Moretti each had two. Nichole Riofrio had three service aces and 12 points, while Moretti had 16 assists.
Against Ponderosa, Redner had 10 kills, Riofrio had two service aces and six service points, Moretti had 13 assists, and Stefanelli and Moretti each had eight digs. Redner was Truckee’s Player of the Match.
Redner finished with eight kills against Rodriguez and Mel Jones had three, while Redner had 10 service points, Moretti had 16 assists, and Redner and Stefanelli each had 13 digs.
In Truckee’s final match against International, Redner smashed 15 kills, Jones had six kills and Lauren Peak four kills. Moretti had two service aces to go along with her 26 assists, and Stefanelli had 12 digs.
Truckee is now 9-9 overall.
UP NEXT: The Wolverines play at Sparks on Friday at 6 p.m.