South Tahoe volleyball sweeps Fernley on Senior Night, seeded fifth for regionals |

South Tahoe volleyball sweeps Fernley on Senior Night, seeded fifth for regionals

Anthony Gentile
South Tahoe senior Kaitlynn Watson finished with 27 digs and two aces in the Vikings’ league match against Fernley on Thursday, Oct. 29.
Anthony Gentile / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

Div. I-A Northern League Tournament

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at Truckee High

Quarterfinals – Friday

(4) Fallon vs. (5) South Tahoe, 5 p.m.

(3) Dayton vs. (6) Elko, 7 p.m.

Semifinals – Saturday

(1) Truckee vs. Fallon-South Tahoe winner, noon

(2) Lowry vs. Dayton-Elko winner, 2 p.m.

Championship – Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — On a night when the South Tahoe volleyball team celebrated its six outgoing players, the Vikings seniors helped led the team to victory. South Tahoe swept Fernley 25-12, 25-23, 26-24 at the Blue Gym on Thursday, Oct. 29, concluding the regular season with a decisive win.

For South Tahoe (10-8, 9-7 I-A Northern), the night and the match belonged to its seniors. Paige Naccarato led the Vikings with eight kills, and Tait Andrews set STHS’ offense for the entire match — she finished with 13 assists, two kills, one ace and three digs.

“They came up big and they were the stars of the show,” Vikings coach Dan McLaughlin said.

Seniors Kaitlynn Watson and Nora Anderson anchored South Tahoe’s back line in its win over Fernley. Watson finished with a match-high 27 digs, passed at a 2.6 and added two aces while Anderson tallied 22 digs, two kills and two aces.

Offensively, Korinne Bricker finished with three kills and a block while Lexi Steinbergs added two kills, three aces and two digs. Sophomore McKenna Brewer totaled seven kills and five blocks.

South Tahoe finished fifth in the final Div. I-A Northern League standings, and it will play in the postseason for the first time since winning the state championship in 2012. The regional tournament will be held at Truckee on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7 — the Vikings open up against fourth-seeded Fallon (16-13) on Friday at 5 p.m.

The winner of Friday’s quarterfinal match between South Tahoe and Fallon will meet league champion and top-seeded Truckee on Saturday at noon in the regional semifinals. The two finalists will qualify for the state tournament — the Div. I-A Northern League championship will be held Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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