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Short-handed Viking volleyers sweep Churchill

South Tahoe jumped on Churchill early Wednesday night and was never threatened. The Vikings volleyball team won the first set 25-6, the second 25-13 and cruised to a sweep with a 25-22 third set.

The win clinched at least sixth place in the 3A Northern League and put the Vikings in the playoffs.

The Vikings were missing two of their top players, Sofia Hedqvist who's trying to win a national title for the Swedish 18 and under team, and their star senior middle blocker/hitter McKenna Brewer.

"Hailey (Naccarato) and Novel (Moses) really stepped up to get the job done on the outside," said Vikings head coach Kelly Racca. "Layne (Hembree) and Jerra (McLaughlin) were very effective in the middle. The girls kept executing the goals they set for themselves."

Moses finished with a team-high six kills. But it wasn't the attacks that doomed the Greenwave. They had trouble just returning serves. The Vikings recorded 20 aces out of their 75 points scored. Naccarato recorded 10 aces to lead the team while Moses added four.

Also for South Tahoe (8-6 3A Northern), Kaitlyn Racca made a team-high 14 digs and also served for three aces, Hembree had five kills and Tyler Pevenage had 15 assists.

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The Vikings next will finish their regular season with two homes games, Thursday, Oct. 26, against league leader Fernley (11-3) and third place rival Truckee (9-3) Monday, Oct. 30. Both matches start at 6 p.m.

"It would be a huge boost for our confidence going into playoffs to get wins over them," coach Racca said. "I'm hoping for a big home turnout."