Vikings beaten in three by Senators |

Vikings beaten in three by Senators

Chad Sellmer, Tribune staff writer

The Carson Senators stymied the Vikings’ offense with a number of blocks on the way to a three-game sweep in Northern Nevada 4A volleyball Thursday night at South Tahoe High School.

The first two games could have gone either way with scores of 25-21 in favor of the Senators, but Carson put the match away in the third game with a decisive 25-15 victory.

The Vikings’ inexperience as a team showed on a few ill-timed shots and procedural infractions, particularly in the last game.

“In those first two games we played way better than we’ve played in a long time,” said Vikings’ coach Janae Ballingham, whose team has struggled to a 1-4 start on the season. “The bench was alive. We still have some issues we’re ironing out with playing time, but they’re getting there. The third game was my error (with a substitution) and the chemistry wasn’t there.”

Carson coach Daryl James is seeing his team off to a 3-0 start in Northern Nevada 4A League play.

“I think the whole team stepped up and played well, not any one particular person,” James said. “We have two seniors (Tabitha Adams and Kaitlin Brush) who are our leaders, our captains. Kaitlin does this little things like getting the ball up and Tabby chases down everything. Our middles did a good job setting blocks and blocking the Tahoe girls and I think that took them out of their rhythm. I thought we handled and passed the ball a little bit better than they did.”

Brush had six kills and four aces for the Senators. Adams recorded 18 assists and three aces and Catherine Brekken had five kills and five blocks.

Ballingham credited South Tahoe’s Monica Knight with “great coverage and a number of kills and assists” along with “great defense by Stephanie Morrow.

“Jessica Klingler pulled out some blocks,” she added. “We started to pick it up, but we’re young and we need to be more consistent, consistently playing as a team.”

Carson plays Wooster next Tuesday, while the Vikings play North Valleys at home Tuesday, beginning at 6 p.m.

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