Vikings need five games to beat Douglas
This time, Douglas High’s Tigers couldn’t claw their way out of South Lake Tahoe with a win over South Tahoe’s spiking Vikings.
The latest chapter of the South Tahoe-Douglas volleyball rivalry belongs to the Vikings, who took a home win, 11-15, 15-9, 15-10, 11-15, 15-9 on Tuesday. South Tahoe combined offensive strength on the outside with scrappy defense to avenge last year’s losses to the defending state champion Tigers.
“Tonight was just about pride,” said South Tahoe outside hitter Courtney Wilson, a senior co-captain who finished with 19 kills – including one on the last point. Wilson put a shot over Douglas’s block, in the middle of three Tiger defenders, to seal the win.
“It always is the best feeling to beat Douglas, especially here, after what they did to us last year,” Wilson said.
Last season, South Tahoe got the best of Douglas by winning zone, but Douglas won the 1998 match in South Tahoe in three straight games. Douglas, too, had the last laugh in the state tournament, beating the Vikings again and winning the state title.
The loss Wednesday was Douglas’s first in league play, dropping the Tigers to 5-1. South Tahoe improved to 4-2 overall with the league win.
“They hit very well from the outside, and that was their go-to game,” said Douglas head coach Dave Myers.
Indeed, setter Jessica Urreaga fed outside hitters Wilson and Chantelle Young. Young, Wilson’s co-captain and classmate, finished with 24 kills. The Viking front line had to hit around and through a solid Tigers block, which senior J.D. Koenig keyed with nine blocks.
“South Tahoe played a very smart game,” Myers said. “That’s definitely a focus, and those players came through for South Tahoe.”
But South Tahoe head coach Gary Hankoff attributed the win more to Urreaga – who led the defense with 15 digs – than offense.
“The girls had a lot of fight in them,” Hankoff said. “There was no way were were going to back down.”
South Tahoe recently returned from Davis, Calif., where the team participated in the Davis Invitational. Both Wilson and sophomore middle blocker Jessica Dilegame – who is emerging as a weapon for the Vikings – said the team “clicked” against Douglas.
“I think that we finally clicked, and we wanted this game so bad, we just worked together, and didn’t let anything drop,” Dilegame said.
Wanting it, though, may not be a problem when the two rivals meet again this season: South Tahoe travels to Douglas for an Oct. 14 meeting.
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