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Same old story for Vikings

Michael Traum

Three and out.

That’s been the story of the South Tahoe High volleyball team this season. The Vikings lost to Fallon, 15-7, 16-14, 15-12, on Thursday at South Tahoe. Tahoe lost to Douglas before beating Carson in three straight last week.

“(Fallon and Douglas) are the top teams in Northern Nevada. It’s no disgrace to lose to them,” said Tahoe coach Alan Lambert. “It’s just that our whole team knows we should be doing better.”

The Vikings (5-2) were in every game, but the Greenwave (8-1) always managed to come out on top when it counted the most. Tahoe continually made mental mistakes, such as serving errors or unintelligent hits, while Fallon made smart decisions and took what Tahoe offered.

“Not to be critical, but I think Tahoe was not playing to its ability at times. They’re a better team than what they showed,” said Fallon coach Jessica Sweet.

Down 12-1 in the opener, Tahoe rallied to close it to 12-7 before losing steam. The push seemed to give the home team momentum, as the blue and gold surged to a 10-4 lead in game two. Junior Adrian Hankoff and senior Kate Devore carried the Vikes with clutch kills and overt displays of hustle. But Tahoe saw its lead fade on the heels of miscommunication and poor passing and setting, as Fallon tied it at 11.

Then the Vikes, up 13-11, were charged with an illegal service rotation. After referees decided that Tahoe did serve out of turn, they took two points off the board and Fallon took game two.

“The scorekeeper somehow got screwed up and no one knew where it happened. We’d been tracking it and weren’t out of rotation. I think Fallon was out of rotation and it cost us,” Lambert said.

Game three followed the pattern of game two, with the teams trading leads before tying it at 12. But again the Greenwave pushed when they had to, running the table for the sweep, as Tahoe couldn’t muster the focus to earn a win.

“I think we had a little too much confidence. That’s not good. We’re making a lot of the same mistakes and not trying hard enough in practices, which carries over to the game,” Devore said.

Added Lambert, “They come in with overconfidence and as soon as something starts to go wrong, they fall apart. I’m tired of hearing how much talent we have, it’s time to put that talent together and work as a team.”

Hankoff tallied 15 kills and six blocks for Tahoe, while Chantelle Young and Courtney Wilson had three kills each. Devore smacked 14 kills and five blocks, with Melissa Maxwell and Sadie Sadrian at five kills each.

Monica Meihack led Fallon with 14 kills and 17 digs, while Toni Burton added 34 assists.


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