South Tahoe downed by Grizzlies
In a match lacking a take-charge effort, the visiting Galena Grizzlies eventually defeated the South Tahoe Vikings 15-11, 15-6 and 15-13 in a Northern Nevada 4A volleyball match Thursday in the Blue Gym.
“We never really got on track,” Grizzly head coach Teresa Burrows said. “But we fought here and there and didn’t give away too many points, which helped us stay in the match.”
Led by setter Lauren Wallace’s 31 assists, the Grizzlies were able to use their athleticism to get by the Vikings.
Junior Carly Kolesar was on the receiving end of nearly half of Wallace’s assists and came away with 13 kills. Whitney Dibble and Joanna Hixon also chipped in with nine kills each.
“Those three our are team leaders, so we expect that out of them every night,” Burrows said of her team, which is 8-1 in the early season.
On the other side of the net, the Vikings played a respectable match in the middle, but continually was on the defensive.
“Nobody was stepping up and trying to make plays,” Viking coach Gary Hankoff said. “Everybody was just trying not to make mistakes, and when you do something halfway, you are going to choke and make errors.”
However, the Vikings did have some bright spots.
The one-two punch of setter Jessica Urreaga and power hitter Jessica Dilegame showed great chemistry at times. Urreaga led the team with 19 assists and Dilegame finished the match with nine kills.
“We were running the middle really well when we were getting a pass,” Hankoff said. “Jessica (Urreaga) was distributing the ball well, but her biggest challenge is to get everyone involved.”
Hankoff and his team thought this was a match they should’ve won, but mental errors and confidence ultimately contributed to their loss.
“Nothing was 100 percent tonight,” Urreaga said. “Everything lacked.”
Dilegame echoed her teammates thoughts.
“We didn’t play the way we know how and the way we practice … we just couldn’t put it together tonight.”
As they prepare for their upcoming match against Elko, coach Hankoff thinks the mental game should be his team’s focus.
“This game is the most simple game in the world. You pass the ball, set it and kill it. But when you’re sitting back there trying to think of a hundred different things, it’s not going to work.”
South Tahoe will entertain Elko this Saturday at noon. Admission is free.
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