The Wolverines are well aware that the Dust Devils are the team to beat in the Northern Division I-A.
Now, they have to figure out how to beat them.
The Truckee volleyball team dropped its second match in two meetings against Dayton on Tuesday. Like on Sept. 10 in Truckee, the Wolverines fell in four games, 23-25, 25-15, 20-25, 19-25.
The first-place Dust Devils remain undefeated in league play, at 9-0. They are 26-1 on the year, with their only loss coming against Yerington, 2-0, in the Yerington Tournament. Truckee (13-11 overall) is now 7-2 and in second place behind Dayton.
Leading the way for Dayton were senior Madi Foley, who finished with a match-high 28 kills, and sophomore setter Shalia Powell, who had 40 assists.
Truckee’s big hitter, senior Mackenzie Redner, tallied 20 kills, two service aces, two blocks and 18 digs. Senior teammate Lauren Peak posted nine kills and 10 digs and senior setter Chelsea Mohun amassed 38 assists and three kills. Elizabeth Costa had five kills and Becca Berelson had four.
“I saw various improvements in our offense and defense,” said Truckee coach Erika Murphy. “Dayton is exactly how we saw them a month ago. I was proud of my girls, because we set goals for areas to improve on and I see it happening. We just need to stay at the task these next five weeks as we prepare for zones.”
Truckee plays at Sparks on Friday and hosts Fallon on Tuesday at 6 p.m.