The Vikings found a spark Friday against Elko and kept it lit Saturday as they picked up their weekend home games.
The South Tahoe volleyball team redeemed itself against Elko in four intense games Friday. The Vikings then kept the intensity going into Saturday as they beat Spring Creek in three games.
Elko’s up first
The Vikings pulled off an upset against one of the top teams in the league Friday. The girls bested Elko in four games 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, 25-26 to knock the Indians out of their place position.
The last time these two teams met, the Indians easily defeated the Vikings in Elko.
“This time, the Vikings returned the favor as they played with a great deal of intensity, hustle, fire and teamwork that was real enjoyable to see,” head coach Dan McLaughlin said. “Just the opposite of what we did against Lowry.”
The Vikings lost their last home match to Lowry in five games. This weekend, however, the seniors stepped up.
“Kaila Griffis had a monster game across the board with attitude and leadership,” McLaughlin said.
Griffis ended up with 15 kills, some key blocks and 15 digs.
Jade Child also deliver solid defense with 35 digs and added four kills in the back row.
Sierra Fulton had a strong game defensively with 15 digs and four kills.
Offensively, Hannah Neiger blasted six kills. Kendhyl Delacour smashed down seven kills, and setter Raquel Marchesseault added two kills.
Delacour came up with a spectacular block that was the difference-maker in the final game.
“She was very strong at controlling the net in Game 4 when the Vikings made their run to win the game,” McLaughlin said. “She came up with two stuffs and eight touches. Eight times she denied the ball coming back over the net.”
Spring Creek was next
The Vikings took the same enthusiasm from Friday’s Elko win into Saturday’s game and it carried them to a three-game win over Spring Creek. The girls won 25-12, 25-15 and 25-19.
“Everybody got involved,” McLaughlin said. “Everyone was playing their role, and we played like we’re trying to make a push for the playoffs.”
Delacour led the Vikings offense with four aces, 11 kills and two blocks.
Griffis added four aces, three kills and two blocks.
Marchesseault delivered two aces, four kills and two blocks.
Neiger slammed one ace, two kills and two blocks.
Child contributed two kills and six digs.
“Jade, the last two days was putting on a clinic on how to cover the court,” McLauglin said.
Julie Wolfe had one kill. Haley Crowson also knocked down one kill, and Rachael Lamore added one kills.
Fulton also contributed phenomenal play to the Vikings’ win.
“Sierra just did so many things right,” McLaughlin said. “They all did a lot of right.”
The Vikings are now 5-5 and back in the playoff hunt.
UP NEXT: The Vikings will play in Sparks Friday and Fallon Saturday.