TRUCKEE, Calif. - The Wolverines didn't want to keep anyone up too late Tuesday night.
Top-seeded Truckee breezed through its Northern Division I-A quarterfinal volleyball match in near record time, sending eighth-seeded Sparks packing with a win in straight sets, 25-11, 25-11, 25-11.
"I think we're really starting to come together and play well," said junior outside hitter Mackenzie Redner, who clobbered a match-high 17 kills on 26 attempts. "We're having fun and have good energy right now. We're all excited for zones Saturday."
None of Tuesday's sets remained close for long.
The Wolverines kept the Railroaders on their heels with an efficient serving game and potent offense led by heavy-handed outside hitters Redner and Mel Jones, as well as senior setter Gabby Moretti, who fed perfectly placed assists for her teammates smashed to the floor.
In the opening set, Truckee started off slowly before scoring five straight points to extend its lead to 15-7. After Sparks recorded a point to pull to within 16-10, Truckee went on a 9-1 run to close it out.
Behind the serving of Moretti, the Wolverines jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second set and quickly pushed it to 10-2. The Railroaders managed three consecutive points mid game to narrow the margin to 17-10, but Truckee answered with an 8-0 run to end the set.
Truckee took an early 4-0 lead in the final set as Lauren Peak started off with the hot serving hand. The game ended with a Redner kill, with many quick Truckee points in between.
"I thought Sparks did a really good job," Redner said. "They had good defense and got the ball up."
Senior libero Kestlie Stefanelli was named Player of the Match for the Wolverines, as she finished with a match-high 16 service points, two service aces and 14 digs. Moretti tallied 30 assists, nine service points, three aces, eight digs and three kills, while Jones had six kills, Peak had nine service points, and Becca Berelson had six service points.
The win marked the Wolverines' 12th straight. They're 21-9 overall, with all their losses coming against larger programs. Truckee is 11-0 against fellow Division I-A schools and finished 10-0 in Mount Rose League play. Sparks finished the year 8-20 overall and 2-7 in league.