Greenwave wipes out Vikings |

Greenwave wipes out Vikings

Joe Proudman
Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – One team played good volleyball, while the other dropped the ball.

The Fallon Greenwave came to South Tahoe and beat the Vikings in four games, winning the final three 25-19, 25-13 and 25-11. The Vikings won the first game 25-21.

“It was a different team. We played as a team against North Tahoe, and played as individuals today,” said South Tahoe coach Dan McLaughlin.

“It is monumental to win in Tahoe,” said Fallon coach Patty Daum. “We just played a cleaner game and that makes the world of difference.”

South Tahoe seemed to beat themselves in the final three games, starting the second and third games down 5-0 and 6-0, letting shoots drop because of miscommunication and bad passing. The Vikings had 25 hitting errors versus 22 kills.

“If you hit negative, you can’t win in volleyball,” McLaughlin said.

But don’t take away from Fallon’s effort, as they kept Tahoe on their heels all night.

“Fallon is a good team, they’re well coached, they’re extremely athletic,” McLaughlin said. “You can’t play a team like Fallon and not play hard and play each point and we did not do. And Fallon totally had the desire on their side and out-played us. They passed better and out-played us.”

The Vikings started out in a hole in the second game, but fought back to a 17-15 lead going into a South Tahoe timeout. When play resumed, Fallon scored four straight point to grab the lead and hold onto it, scoring the winning point on a Tahoe serve that went out of the net.

The third game wasn’t any better for Tahoe as Fallon’s first couple points dropped as the Vikings watched. The Vikings would pull within 8-4, but Fallon found their rhythm and routed Tahoe 25-13.

In the fourth game, Tahoe had a 3-2 lead would go right back to playing catch-up. They tied the game at 8-8 before the Greenwave went into a timeout leading 11-8. Tahoe would jump back into the game after the time to close the gap to 11-10, but they would only score one more point in the game, as Fallon won 25-11.

“We spent the whole time scrambling because we couldn’t pass,” McLaughlin said. “And that was the difference in the game.”

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