South Tahoe volleyball bounces back, sweeps Spring Creek at home
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Tahoe volleyball team regrouped from a narrow defeat with a decisive victory Saturday, Oct. 8. The Vikings swept Spring Creek 25-10, 25-17, 25-12 in a 3A Northern League match at the Blue Gym, rebounding with a complete performance.
“We played how we know how to play,” Vikings senior Sarah Smith said. “We didn’t let our guard down.”
South Tahoe (14-5, 7-3 3A Northern) opened up double-digit advantages in all three sets Saturday to comfortably dispatch Spring Creek (2-12, 1-9). A dominant performance in the middle from junior McKenna Brewer — including a match-high 12 kills — led the Vikings to victory.
“She is the best middle in the league — there is no question in my mind,” Vikings coach Kelly Racca said of Brewer. “Any middle she matches up with, she just overpowers. If we can pass well enough, we’re going to Kenna — we’re feeding her all game long.”
Brewer hit .423 as part of her 12-kill performance to go along with three aces and two digs. Defensively, the junior had eight total blocks against Spring Creek — including seven solo blocks.
“We tell our setter to ‘feed the beast,’” Vikings senior Ashley Bricker said. “I just get super pumped and want to give good passes so she can do it again — she will kill it.”
Senior Zoe Mosedale ran South Tahoe’s offense with 26 assists, five kills and six digs Saturday. Junior Novel Moses finished with eight kills and 16 digs, senior Maya Brosch had five kills, an ace and six digs, and Bricker tallied a team-high 29 digs, two kills and an ace.
“We all clicked well and meshed together,” Bricker said. “It boosted our confidence.”
On Friday night, Oct. 7, South Tahoe dropped a five-set thriller to Elko inside the Blue Gym. The Vikings lost to the Indians 22-25, 25-8, 25-18, 17-25, 18-20, ultimately unable to close out a match that went the distance.
“We weren’t executing like we should have been,” Racca said. “We weren’t stringing together runs with our serving.”
South Tahoe passed under a 2.0 in the loss against Elko and had four aces against 17 errors in 107 serve attempts. Despite that, the Vikings still had a chance to win in a back-and-forth final frame.
“It was point for point and it was a battle,” Racca said. “We were up, at deuce, up, down — it came down to us shanking the final ball.”
Brewer filled up the stat sheet Friday with a team-high 14 kills on .364 hitting, an ace, six digs and four solo blocks. Moses finished with a double-double of 13 kills and 19 aces while Mosedale totaled 40 assists, 10 digs, five kills and one solo block.
Brosch had six kills, five digs and a solo block against Elko, and sophomore Sofia Hedqvist totaled five kills, a dig and a solo block. Defensively, Bricker finished with 28 digs and four kills while Smith added 10 digs and an ace.
South Tahoe returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Fallon. The Vikings host Lowry on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Blue Gym — first serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.