Carson takes first place in league by defeating South Tahoe
The Carson City Senators’ Rachael DeRiemer took control Tuesday night in a battle against South Tahoe for first place in the 4A Northern Region Sierra Division.
DeRiemer led with 19 kills, three blocks and 10 digs in the Senators’ 15-6, 15-6, 15-11 victory to go up 5-1 in league.
South Tahoe dropped to 4-2, and must travel to Douglas on Saturday. The Tigers were tied with Carson and South Tahoe at 4-1 prior to last night’s match.
“She’s one of the better players in the league. She’s a good ball player,” said Carson head coach Daryle James of DeRiemer, his star right-hander. “Rachel Hankoff here is another one. There are six to 10 kids in the league that are impact players.”
However, South Tahoe was without Hankoff, who tore cartilage in her ankle last week in Reno.
And that hurts the Vikings, too, who are now 0-2 without her.
The Senators took control early with a 4-0 lead in game one before South Tahoe earned a point. The Senators then took an 11-1 lead before giving up another.
The Senators went up 14-0 in game two before getting in the back seat and allowing the Vikings to climb six points higher before taking the game point.
South Tahoe kept the heat on, and took the lead in game three.
Kristen Burrell led the Vikings six blocks and as many kills.
“I really like playing against teams like this because they hit really well on the net and it’s the sweetest thing to block a hard hitter …” Burrell said. “When you have a hard hitter, they usually hit kind of the same ball. If they’re going to hit angle, they hit angle. If they hit line, they hit line. And so if you can just watch, even from warm-ups, then you can block.”
However, South Tahoe couldn’t block the Senators from climbing back from an 11-4 game-three deficit to win the match in three.
It wasn’t so much South Tahoe’s mistakes, as it was Carson’s game.
“We quit passing. They kept the ball in play and our serve receive went to lousy,” James said. “In the third game they went right through us, and the kids decided they didn’t want to do that anymore so they changed it.
“Tahoe did a good job. They dug some balls, they dug some good hits, they blocked a few, they kept the ball in play and then they hurt themselves in the third game when they served into the net a little bit.”
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