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Volleyball back in playoff hunt

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In a thrilling, gut-check win, the South Tahoe Vikings volleyball team came from behind to upset the Lowry Buckaroos at Lowry in front of a packed and ruckus gym 25-21, 26-28, 26-28, 25-15 and 15-7 this past Friday.

The first three games were marred by a continuation of South Tahoe mistakes, which allowed the Buckaroos to jump ahead to a 2-1 lead.

In game four, however, the Vikings stopped all the unforced errors and turn the game around. They were able to overcome the Buckaroos in a relatively big fashion in the last two games.

It was a big win to put the Vikings back into the playoff hunt for the Northern Nevada Zone Championships.

Kendhyl Delacour led the Vikings offensively, recording 15 kills, seven aces and a couple touches on key blocks.

Delacour's seven aces were part of the 22 aces that the Vikings racked up, a vital part of the win.

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Kaila Griffis also delivered 15 kills for South Tahoe, along with 40 digs and three aces.

Jade Child led the way in digs with 48, five aces and a strong game all around.

"Jade and Kaila were a huge reason why the success of the team turned around," head coach Dan McLaughlin said.

Sierra Fulton contributed 34 digs, five kills and four aces.

In the front row, setter Raquel Marchesseault wisely placed six kills with well-timed tips and added an ace.

Sam Sutterfield delivered five kills, and Hannah Neiger delivered two kills and two aces.

"This victory definitely is a momentum-setter as the Vikings are starting to make their push and stretch run and are improving their game every time we turn around," McLaughlin said.

UP NEXT: The Vikings return to action at home against Truckee at 5 p.m. Friday.

Key players

Kendhyl Delacour: 15 kills, 7 aces

Kaila Griffis: 15 kills, 40 digs, three aces

Jade Child: 48 digs, five aces

Sierra Fulton: 34 digs, 5 kills, 4 aces

Raquel Marchesseault: 6 kills

Sam Sutterfield: 5 kills

Hannah Neiger: 2 kills, 2 aces

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