South Tahoe serving seals volleyball win
October 23, 2012
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.
“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 and ended 25-18, 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 girls collected 14 aces. Marchesseault and Kaila Griffis led the charge with five aces each. Griffis went on an eight-point serving tear in game two. Her serves blew open a tied game and brought South Tahoe within two points of the win.
Morgan Kaufer delivered the final hit that gave South Tahoe the 25-18 win in game two.
Game three wasn’t even close. After Marchesseault’s 12-point serving run, the Vikings finished it off 25-11.
South Tahoe is now 6-1 in league and 10-3 overall. The girls will host Sparks on Thursday at 6 p.m.