South Tahoe volleyball falls to Lowry in 5 sets
The South Tahoe volleyball team raced out to a two-set lead against one of the top teams in its league Saturday — but couldn’t finish the job. The Vikings lost to Lowry in five sets 25-20, 25-20, 15-25, 18-25, 15-17 at home to snap a four-match winning streak.
“We had match point with one of the two best teams in the league, and we couldn’t deliver,” said Vikings head coach Dan McLaughlin. “We’re right there with the top teams, and that’s an awfully good sign.”
South Tahoe (12-9, 4-2 Northern I-A) let a two-set lead slip away in Saturday’s loss, its second five-set defeat of the season. Lowry (17-1, 5-0) rallied to tie the match and fought off multiple match points in the fifth set en route to a fifth consecutive victory.
In the loss, outside hitter Paige Naccarato led South Tahoe with a team-high 18 kills to go along with three aces and six digs. Naccarato played efficiently in the first two sets against the Buckaroos, recording 12 kills and one miss on 21 attempts.
“Paige had a terrific day — she was just a beast,” McLaughlin said.
Outside hitter Kendhyl Delacour finished with 17 kills, 11 digs, three aces and a block against Lowry, and outside hitter Jade Child totaled 16 kills and 10 digs. Setter Zoe Mosedale racked up 50 assists and an ace.
Defensively, libero Kaitlynn Watson had a team-high 23 digs, an ace and two great saves. Middle hitter Haley Crowson had a kill, three blocks and a handful of crucial service points throughout the match.
On Friday, South Tahoe swept Fernley 25-18, 25-15, 25-21. That match ended a stretch of three straight road contests, which all resulted in victories.
“We don’t care whether we’re playing home or away, we only care who we’re playing — and our job is to be prepared to play the best against everybody,” McLaughlin said.
Against the Vaqueros, Delacour finished with a team-high 11 kills along with three aces and three digs. Naccarato added nine kills and a dig, Child totaled six kills, two aces and five digs, Crowson tallied two kills, four aces and four digs, and middle hitter Korrine Bricker added a kill.
Mosedale finished with 31 assists, four aces, two kills and two digs in Friday’s victory. Watson led South Tahoe defensively with eight digs.
With two matches left in the first round of league play, South Tahoe currently sits fourth in the standings. The Vikings return to action Friday at Truckee (8-7, 5-1) for a 6 p.m. match.
“We had some unforced errors, but we’re playing a pretty good brand of volleyball right now — it’s encouraging going into this part of the season,” McLaughlin said. “Where we started and how much we had to grow to get to where we are, I’m very happy — we’re making improvements every single day.”