SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. - By the time Raquel Marchesseault finished her 12-point serving rampage, the volleyball match was as good as won.
The Vikings setter slammed three aces over the net to open game three before putting up 12 unanswered service points. The 12-0 lead was a deciding blow in South Tahoe's 3-0 win against Incline on Monday, 25-18, 25-18, 25-11.
"We've learned to pounce," head coach Dan McLaughlin said. "We've learned over the course of the season that we can overpower teams and that's what we did tonight."
There was no weak spot in South Tahoe's game Monday.
Offensively Drew Norberg was a killing machine. She went 10-for-15 on kills and slammed one shot down so hard it sent an Incline player to the bench.
"South Tahoe is strong. They're experienced and they do have the best hitter in the Basin," Incline coach Tacy Kelly said.
The first game was the most evenly matched, but as time wore on Norberg's intimidating kills started to wear Incline down.
"They played well in game one but then they got intimidated and started falling apart, and part of it's our style," McLaughlin said. "We come at you all the time. If you show any weakness we pounce."
South Tahoe had the serves to back Norberg. It was the Vikings' serves that actually beat Incline in the long run. As a team, the Vikings (6-1 league, 10-3 overall) collected 14 aces. Marchesseault and Kaila Griffis led the charge with five aces each. Incline stats were not available.
Incline swept past Sparks at home last Wednesday, 25-12, 25-18, 25-20.
Ronni Flores was named Player of the Match for the Highlanders, as she recorded seven kills, four service aces and three digs. Claire Kent posted 10 kills, two aces, a block and nine digs, while Kira Porter had five kills, a block and nine digs, and Megan Golden had 29 assists and three kills.
Trisha Lincoln had four kills and three digs and Sophie Shorin had four aces.
The Highlanders are now 12-8 overall and 4-3 in Mount Rose League play. Sparks is 8-17 overall and 2-6 in league.
- Bonanza sports editor Sylas Wright contributed to this story.