South Tahoe defeats Truckee volleyball in five games |

South Tahoe defeats Truckee volleyball in five games

Joe Proudman

Joe Proudman / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – After South Tahoe lost to Truckee last week in four games, coach Danny McLaughlin said that his girls could play with Truckee, and beat them. Well they lived up to that statement on Friday nigh, as the Vikings defeated Truckee in five games on Friday night. They won the first, third and fifth games, 25-19, 25-22 and 17-15 respectively.

The Wolverines are two-time defending state champions and are favored to win it again. Danny McLaughlin credited teamwork with the win.

“We played very loose and relaxed, and that was a big difference,” he said. “We knew we could play with them.

“Very much a team game. We played as a team.”

The Vikings jumped out to an early lead in game one, 5-1. But Truckee fought back to tie the game 11-11, before South Tahoe was able to create some separation jumping to a two-point lead 17-15, then 20-18. Truckee would stall at 19 points though, with South Tahoe winning the match 25-19.

Game two went to Truckee, but not without a lack of effort from South Tahoe. Kaila Griffis had five diving digs on just one rally alone. Truckee led the whole way though and won 25-18.

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South Tahoe jumped out to an 8-3 lead to start game three, as they led for most of the game and got the win 25-22 to go up 2-1 on the night. In game four the two teams stayed point-for-point with each other to start the game, tied at 5-5. But Truckee went on a run to lead 15-7, but the will of the Wolverines proved to be too much in the game, as Truckee won 25-17.

The final game was by far the most intense, with each team celebrating a point. They fell in stride with each other, 4-4, then 7-7, then 10-10. South Tahoe finally gained some separation on a Drew Norberg block that made it 12-10 but Truckee fought back to tie the game at 14-14. But South Tahoe had a rally of their own after the game tied at 15-15, and won 17-15.

“Morgan Kaufer stepped up her game huge,” McLaughlin said. “She was just a terrific present around the net.”

Kaufer had 13 kills on the night, along with three aces. Norberg had 21 kills, three aces and four blocks.

On senior night, McLaughlin praised the Vikings only senior, Page Gustofson.

“Page on the night, was playing her best volleyball,” he said. “She was good.”

As the Vikings head into the playoffs, making the long trip to Elko next Saturday, McLaughlin said that this was a statement game for the team, and the program, as the freshman team beat Truckee as well.

“To play them as well as we did may be a sign that the program is where it needs to be,” he said. “It’s a turning around of a program.”