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Tigers close in on perfect division mark

Record-Courier and Tribune reports

With the Sierra League title already in hand, the Douglas High volleyball team took the opportunity Tuesday night to give some of their role players a crack at the starting lineup.

Douglas cruised to a 25-14, 25-16, 25-15 Sierra Division win over league foe South Tahoe in Minden to draw within one win of a perfect league slate.

With starting setter Megan Mitchell on the bench and standout middle blocker Jessica Waggoner on a visit to Army, the Tigers (13-0 division, 32-1 overall) used a lineup of only one senior, Taryn Williams, to pull out to a 20-14 lead in the first game. Mitchell then entered and served up five consecutive points to close out the first game.

The Vikings had jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, boosted by blocks from Caroline Baghdikian, Rachel Kaufer and Terra Backinger and a kill from Jackie Lopez.

The Vikings pushed the lead to 7-5 but a pair of Williams kills evened the score. The Vikings led only once more, briefly, at 13-12 in the first game before Douglas pulled away for good. The Tigers opened the second with a 13-3 run and the third with an 8-1 run.

“We had a pretty good game against them. We had some unforced errors unfortunately, but I think we put in a good effort,” said South Tahoe assistant coach Brittney Hadley.

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For the Vikings, Alyssa Mesecher had four digs, Kaufer delivered five kills and Caroline Baghdikian made five blocks. Chelsea Madsen had three kills, while Baghdikian and Lopez had two. Riana Cerceo provided five assists.

Jackie Harper got the start in Mitchell’s place and had 14 assists to go with two kills and an ace as Douglas had 10 different players serve at least one ace in the match.

Sophomore Shannon Dugan and Mysta Townsell each had three aces while Mitchell and Jordan Marsh each had two. Williams finished with 10 kills, junior Jourdan Burke had nine and Bryanna Schinzing had three kills and two blocks in Waggoner’s place.

South Tahoe (2-11 division, 11-12 overall) plays its final division match against Damonte Ranch on Thursday in South Lake Tahoe. The Vikings will conclude their season at home against Whittell on Nov. 4.