South Tahoe volleyball team loses tough match to Reed |

South Tahoe volleyball team loses tough match to Reed

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

Reed spoiled the Vikings’ volleyball season opener Thursday night in South Lake Tahoe.

The Raiders won the match by two points after the Vikings forced a fifth game. Scores were 25-9, 17-25, 25-23, 19-25, 15-13.

“It was a very tough loss. We struggled in the first game,” said Vikings coach Janae Ballingham. “We were really nervous since this was our first match of the season and they’ve already played one. After that, I thought we stepped it up and played pretty consistently, although there are still some inconsistencies we need to look at.”

On offense, the Vikings were led by Monica Knight, who had at least two dozen kills in the match.

“She’s an outstanding sophomore,” Ballingham said. “She’s very athletic and can react to things that you can’t really coach.”

Ballingham also credited the setting of Erika Schimmel and the defense of Elan Whitney.

“This was a great match for us because we just lost a tough one to Douglas in five, 16-14,” said Raiders coach Paul Lenae. “It’s nice to win a tough one. It was a fun match to watch. I thought both sides played very well.”

Lenae noted that Knight caused problems throughout the game for his squad.

“We stopped (her) at the right time because we didn’t stop her all night,” he said. “She must have had 25 kills.”

Lenae credited the play of KatiJo Matthew and Lindsey Hogue for keeping it close and pulling out the win.

The Vikings play again on Saturday at a Davis tournament, then host Reno Sept. 16 beginning at 6 p.m.

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