Vikings making best of beng in tough Sierra Division
When the South Tahoe High volleyball team stepped outside the Northern Nevada 4A League last year, the Vikings realized they were a pretty good team.
South Tahoe won a 16-team tournament in Yerington and swept three straight games from eventual Nevada 2A state champion Whittell.
But the reality is that the Vikings are a member of the suffocating Sierra Division, where league representatives routinely win regional and state championships.
“We play against some really tough teams, all of which play club volleyball together and have a draw of athletes more so than we have at the lake,” said STHS coach Meghan Reid, who didn’t cut any players from a total of 33 who are comprising the program’s three teams. “It’s not too much competition to where it is too discouraging.”
Reid believes she has the makings of a solid team based on the qualities they have demonstrated in the preseason.
“I really do believe this team can shine this year,” she said. “They are dedicated to compete in a tough league, and they work hard. We can succeed through a lot of hard work.”
South Tahoe was stung by the graduation of Caroline Baghdikian (UC Irvine), Chelsea Madsen and Jackie Lopez, and defensive specialist Kasey Roberts moving out of the area. But Rachel Kaufer, one of the Vikings’ top hitters from a year ago, returns along with Terra Backinger, Elyssa Mesecher and Sarah Breisacher.
“We did lose some key players from last year, but this team, they have a lot of heart. Sometimes that can prevail over an experienced level,” Reid said.
Kaufer is determined to make her senior year successful.
“I’ve worked so hard my entire high school career, and I know it’s going to pay off, and I know all of the other girls are working really hard, too,” said Kaufer, a third-year varsity member. “I think it’s going to be a really, really good season.”
Reid is considering junior Tiffany Racz and sophomore Page Gustofson for the setting duties.
South Tahoe scrimmaged Incline on Aug. 27 in preparation for its season opener against Hug on Thursday.
“The scrimmage really put the play in perspective for the girls,” Reid said. “They are really stepping up and are working well as a team. They are just starting to get the competitive edge back and hopefully put it into effect before the first game.”
Kaufer said she enjoys the qualities that her third-year coach brings to the program.
“Even though Meghan is a really young coach, she knows volleyball,” Kaufer said. “She has the ability to inspire players and works hard. It comes down to how much each player wants to do well, and I’m confident we’ll do well.”
Reid said she and assistant coach Brittney Hadley have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming season.
“This team has such a great attitude, and there are a lot of dedicated players who want to work hard to do well, which is a good recipe for winning,” Reid said.
’09 STHS Volleyball schedule
Date Opponent Time
Thursday HUG 6 p.m.
Sept. 8 At McQueen 6 p.m.
Sept. 10 CARSON 6 p.m.
Sept. 15 WOOSTER 6 p.m.
Sept. 22 At Manogue 6 p.m.
Sept. 24 At Galena 6 p.m.
Sept. 26 At Folsom tourney TBA
Sept. 29 FALLON 6 p.m.
Oct. 1 At Douglas 6 p.m.
Oct. 6 DAMONTE 6 p.m.
Oct. 8 At Carson 6 p.m.
Oct. 13 At Wooster 6 p.m.
Oct. 15 MANOGUE 6 p.m.
Oct. 20 GALENA 6 p.m.
Oct. 22 At Fallon 6 p.m.
Oct. 27 DOUGLAS 6 p.m.
Oct. 29 At Damonte 6 p.m.
Nov. 6-7 Regionals TBA
Nov. 13-14 State (South) TBA
NOTE: Home matches are in ALL CAPS
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