South Tahoe volleyball ends season with loss to Truckee
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The South Tahoe volleyball team needed a win Thursday night to keep its season alive — and couldn’t overcome its main rival. On Senior Night, the Vikings lost to Truckee in four sets 16-25, 25-20, 23-25, 16-25, a defeat that ended their 2014 season.
“We played hard enough to win — we played with a lot of heart and desire,” Vikings head coach Dan McLaughlin said. “It was a very excited, crowded gymnasium with a lot of people — there was a lot of enthusiasm and we gave it the best shot we could.”
South Tahoe (16-15, 8-8 I-A Northern) took the second set to tie the match, but dropped the last two en route to defeat. The Vikings needed a win against third-place Truckee (15-13, 10-4) and a loss by Dayton to force a tie for the league’s last playoff spot — neither result went their way Thursday night.
“We’re disappointed we missed the playoffs, but I’m very proud of the effort the kids gave and how hard they fought the last two games — they showed a lot of heart and effort,” McLaughlin said. “We came up just a little short, and a lot of it was due to the unforced errors and mistakes that plagued us all year long.”
South Tahoe honored its three senior players during Thursday’s match — outside hitter Kendhyl Delacour, outside hitter Jade Child and middle hitter Haley Crowson. Delacour finished with a team-high 11 kills along with seven digs, three aces and a block.
“Kendhyl was clearly one of the top players in northern Nevada and a team leader with her offensive skills,” McLaughlin said. “She had a very enjoyable attitude on the court — she was a good teammate and I’m going to miss her enjoyable personality.”
Child totaled seven kills, 14 digs and two aces against Truckee. McLaughlin said Child became a strong leader throughout her senior season.
“She was the guts of the team, the heart and soul of what we did and she carried us emotionally,” McLaughlin said. “She did everything you could ask for from a player — she gave every part of her soul to every single game and played as hard as any kid I’ve ever seen play.”
Crowson finished with a kill, and ace and two blocks Thursday night. She provided a strong presence in the middle for South Tahoe during the season.
“Her enthusiasm was contagious and her desire to do the right thing is very inspiring — she’s someone who willed her way into being a quality player,” McLaughlin said. “I’m really proud of her.”
Among the underclassmen Thursday night, junior outside hitter Paige Naccarato totaled 10 kills and sophomore setter Zoe Mosedale finished with 25 assists, two kills and an ace. Defensively, junior libero Kaitlynn Watson led the way with 25 digs to go along with an ace.
“The kids did what they could, but sometimes it happens — hopefully the girls coming back will learn the lessons from here and not get ourselves in a position like this again,” McLaughlin said.
South Tahoe’s freshman team finished the season with a 10-5 record. The Vikings’ junior varsity ended with a 7-9 mark.