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Volleyball club serves notice of potential

Special to the Tribune

If there was any rust, the Lake Tahoe Volleyball Club left it at home while participating in its first 1999 tournament last Sunday in Yuba City, Calif.

The one-day tournament hosted 10 teams from the Central Valley, including two teams from Lake Tahoe. The girls worked their way up through the day to the championship match behind the play of captain Carlye Johnson.

Coach Dan McLaughlin’s goal for the day was to, “get a lot of games in and learn how to work as a team.” Well, that’s what they achieved, playing five matches to earn the right to play in the finals.

“As the matches went on, the team, which you might have expected to get tired, only got stronger and better!” said club coach Dan McLaughlin.

Erin Silver and Jessika Purdy served up “peas” all day. Stephanie Evans and Ashley Berns were passing and diving for balls all day, keeping the ball “alive” for an opportunity to win the point.

“Their inspiration was passed on to the other members of the team, which made them step up their game to a new height,” McLaughlin said. Jamie Borge, the tallest player on the team at 5-foot-10, played much bigger than that all-day long with her great play.

The finals came down to Lake Tahoe and a team from Red Bluff, Calif., a big and talented team. Johnson stepped up her outstanding play in the finals.

“If I was giving out letter grades for performance, Carlye would have received an “A” for all around outstanding play,” McLaughlin said.

Team Tahoe won the first game and lost the second. The score was 13-13 in the final game when Red Bluff came up with a couple of fantastic shots to close out the championship.

“It’s going to be a whole lot of fun playing tournaments this year,” McLaughlin said “The talent, chemistry and enthusiasm these girls have are going to make them a great team!”

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