Viking volleyers open Northern League with pair of victories
The South Tahoe Vikings girls’ volleyball team opened its Northern League schedule with a pair of victories.
The Vikings started Friday, Aug. 31, with North Valleys, who dropped down into 3A this season after playing in 4A last year and won 3-0.
South Tahoe then played in a one-day tournament in Dixon before beating Sparks, 3-0, Tuesday at home.
Senior Layne Hembree smashed 16 kills to help the Vikings cruise past the Panthers 25-16, 25-18, 25-13 in the league opener. Hembree also fielded 21 serves and made zero errors.
Jerra McLaughlin added six kills and 10 digs for the Vikings and Jordan Malkus had six kills and two solo blocks. Tyler Pevenage had 39 assists and Hailey Naccarato had 12 digs and Josie Anderson had 11.
South Tahoe served for 10 aces with two each from Hembree, Kaitlyn Racca, Pevenage, McLaughlin and Ruby Abuhajleh.
A week later, on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the Vikings swept the Sparks Railroaders 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-15).
Hembree led the attacks for Sotuh Tahoe with 12 kills and McLaughlin added seven.
The Viking served for 18 aces, just a few points shy of a complete set. Hembree, McLaughlin and Pevenage each had four and Anderson added three.
Abuhajleh and McLaughlin each had three solo blocks and Abuhajleh added two block assists.
Naccarato made 16 digs and received and handled 15 serves and Pevenage had 24 assists.
In between the two league matches, the Vikings (3-4, 1-0 Northern) also played four two-set matches Saturday against teams from Northern California at the Dixon Tournament and suffered three losses.
South Tahoe defeated Winters and lost to Enterprise, Wheatland and Sutter.
McLaughlin had a team-high 22 kills over the four games and Hembree added 21.
The Vikings next play Saturday at Lowry in Winnemucca, Nevada and will host rival Truckee at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.