TRUCKEE — Pink suited the Truckee volleyball team well Tuesday night.
The host Wolverines, sporting pink jerseys for breast cancer awareness month, swept past Division I-A rival Fallon in efficient fashion, 25-17, 25-16, 25-16.
“They were really positive and really excited tonight. They want to represent breast cancer awareness,” Truckee coach Erika Murphy said of her players.
Despite the final score, the Wolverines had to earn their points against the defensive-minded Greenwave.
“Fallon never lets the ball drop,” Murphy said. “They’re pretty relentless in that regard. So we trained for that knowing they’d be tough.”
Led by the powerful right arm of senior outside hitter Mackenzie Redner, who finished a match-high 20 kills and 18 digs, the Wolverines jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead in the opening set that extended to 11-4 after consecutive aces by Redner.
The Wolverines were on their serving game all night. They tallied 12 service aces, led by Lauren Peak’s four aces and Chelsea Mohun’s three.
Fallon, which struggled with its serve, managed to get up a solid block against Truckee’s potent offensive attack. Junior Evan Matheson blocked two kill attempts in the first set and Kristyn Arvizo blocked one. Fallon had six blocks total in the match.
But the Greenwave could only stop so many attempts. Redner smashed home a kill to to bring the score to 24-17. A Fallon error ended the set.
“I have a young team, and it showed tonight, especially on our service,” Fallon coach Patty Simms-Daum said.
The second game remained tight through the first 10 points before Truckee began to pull away. After back-to-back points by the Greenwave cut Truckee’s lead to 18-5, the Wolverines went on a 7-1 run to close it out.
The final set was the closest of the night. The teams pulled even on six occasions and swapped three leads, the last when Truckee went ahead 15-14 on a kill by Anais Fay. The Wolverines outscored the Greenwave 10-2 down the stretch, with Mohun and Peak serving the final 10 points.
“I feel like we did really well tonight,” said Peak, who finished with 11 digs and two kills. “We played as more of a team than usual.”
Simms-Daum said she was pleased with her team’s effort against the second-place Wolverines.
“I thought the kids did real well,” she said. “When they did break down it was mental errors, but you expect that with a young team.”
Mohun finished with 30 assists, Elizabeth Costa posted with four kills, nine digs and a block, Becca Berelson had five digs, a block and two aces, and Fay had three kills.
Mary Scholz and Ali Tedford led the Fallon attack with six kills apiece, while Matheson and Megan McCormick each had three kills and Arvizo three. Metheson posted three blocks, Tedford added 12 assists and two blocks, and Taylor Amezquita contributed nine assists and two aces.
Truckee improved to 9-2 in league, with both losses coming against first-place Dayton. Fallon fell to 5-7.
The Wolverines play at Lowry on Friday and at Fernley on Tuesday. Truckee then hosts its final three matches to close out the regular season — Oct. 24 against Elko, Oct. 25 against Spring Creek and Nov. 1 against South Tahoe.