The Incline Middle School girls volleyball teams have proven that they can hold their own among the bigger schools with their impressive performances in the Tah-Neva Championships this past Friday night.
Both the sixth/seventh- and eighth-grade teams were ranked first among the small schools after finishing their seasons undefeated in the Tah-Neva Division I League.
The sixth/seventh-grade team took it one step further by never dropping a single game in two-out-of-three-game match play during the Division I season. The No. 1 small school status placed both teams at No. 5 seed in the championship tournament against much larger middle schools from Carson City, South Tahoe, Truckee and Gardnerville.
This seeding eventually pitted the No. 1-ranked small school against the No. 1-ranked big school in the semifinal round, which proved unfortunate for the eighth-grade team. They were edged out by undefeated Carson Middle School in a very close match.
Meanwhile, the sixth/seventh-graders upset the No. 1-ranked Division II big school, and host Eagle Valley, in the semifinals, to move on to the championship round.
After the Incline girls - led by captain Haeden Suter and co-captains Madison Wallner and Molly Racich - endured three hard-fought games, Pau-Wa-Lu snagged first place with a 15-13 finish.
The Incline sixth/seventh-grade girls took second place, but also earned the respect of other teams, parents and coaches with their good sportsmanship. This was exhibited throughout the tournament and then culminated when they invited the eighth-grade team and Pau-Wa-Lu to pose in their final team photo.