TAHOE CITY — While the North Tahoe and Incline soccer teams endured a bone-chilling night on the pitch Thursday, the North Tahoe volleyball team was just heating up in the cozy confines of the gym.
The Lakers swept past visiting Silver Stage, earning a hard-fought 25-22 win in the first set before going on to close the match 25-16 and 25-20.
“I think we communicated well and our serve was solid throughout the match,” said North Tahoe coach Carrie DeMange. “We’ve been working a lot on offense, working our middles, and we were successful tonight. We’re a good team. When we show chemistry we play well.”
North Tahoe started off slowly as the visitors built a quick 5-1 lead, which extended to 8-2 before a couple of kills by Sherene Clegg and a Nighthawks error narrowed the score to 8-5. North Tahoe caught up with Silver Stage at 12-12 on a kill by Taylor Briggs.
The Lakers took their first lead at 17-16 and, after falling behind again, retook it for the final time at 23-22. Tilley Gibeaut served the final three points to close it out, recording two aces in the process.
Game 2 remained close through the first six points. The Lakers then went on a 5-0 run to build their lead to 11-7. Using a sharp passing game and accurate sets by Gibeaut, North Tahoe powered out of the set with hard kills from Taylor Briggs, Jordan Briggs, Baylee Goodwin and Clegg.
“Our passing was good, and that made it so we were playing an offensive game and not defensive,” said Taylor Briggs, who, along with Goodwin, had competed that day in the school’s powder puff football game — a 12-0 win by the seniors.
The Lakers never trailed in the third set, by which time the offense was firing on all cylinders. Goodwin ended it with authority when she smashed a kill to the floor.
“We kept it up pretty well,” said Goodwin, who admitted that her arms were sore from her lineman duties in the powder puff game. “We pushed through and won in three. We kind of got down at first, but we quickly snapped out of it.”
North Tahoe improved to 6-9 overall and 2-5 in league, while Silver Stage fell to 1-11 overall and 1-5 in league.