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Greenwave volleyball brings the noise in opener

Anthony Gentile
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Fallon senior Kayla Buckmaster, right, spikes the ball over the net against the Vikings on Wednesday.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The Fallon volleyball team feels it needs to be loud to have success this season. On the road in its 3A Northern League opener Wednesday night, the Greenwave brought the noise more often than not.

Fallon beat host South Tahoe in four sets 25-17, 21-25, 25-20, 25-14 at the Blue Gym to win its league debut. After splitting the first two frames, the Greenwave won the last two to take the match.

“It’s very important,” senior setter Zoey Swisher said. “It sets the stage for the rest of the year, so it’s good to get that first win.”

After a back and forth start, Fallon (3-2, 1-0 3A Northern) broke open the first set with a 9-1 run, including five straight service points from sophomore libero Journey Martin. From there, the Greenwave led by at least seven points — and a Skabelund kill secured the opening frame.

“Our serve receive was key tonight,” Skabelund said. “We’ve been really working on our defense this year and I think it’s getting better.”

The Greenwave led 18-15 in the second set, but couldn’t close it out. South Tahoe (7-3, 0-1) finished on a 10-3 run to even the match, sending Fallon quietly to its bench.

“We just stopped talking,” Skabelund said. “We’re a team that has to be loud to be good — if we get quiet, we know it’s bad.”

In the third set, Fallon took control with an 11-2 run that gave the visitors a commanding 21-12 lead. The Vikings got within four points, before a back row kill from Skabelund delivered the set and put the Greenwave back on top.

After senior outside hitter Kayla Buckmaster opened up the fourth set with a kill, Fallon never trailed en route to victory. The Greenwave closed the frame on an 11-3 run to lock up a win in its league opener.

“We just needed to finish it,” Swisher said. “We didn’t want to go to five [sets] — we needed to finish, stay upbeat and positive. We took care of each other with our voices.”

Fallon faces Truckee on Tuesday for its first home match of the year. The Wolverines have been the volleyball powerhouse of the 3A but a win for Fallon would speak volumes.

“Beating Truckee would definitely be a motivational win,” said Fallon coach Patty Daum, who was ill during the South Tahoe game. “But, again, volleyball is a sport that is very unpredictable. The win belongs to the team that shows up for the entire match.”

Daum’s looking forward to the home match because of the crowd’s support and energy, which helps pump up the Lady Wave.

“The first home game is both exciting and a little nerve wracking for the kids,” she said. “It’s always fun to be home rather than on the road. This community has always shown it’s love of the sport and the teams and will always continue to do so.”

Fallon finishes 1-2 in Reno tournament

Fallon faced two Nevada opponents in last weekend’s High Sierra Tournament in Reno, knocking off 3A Lowry but falling to 4A McQueen. Fallon also lost to St. Mary’s (Calif.).

The Lady Wave defeated Lowry 25-22, 18-25 and 15-10 but saw McQueen come back to snatch a victory. Fallon won the first game, 25-22, before dropping the next two, 25-21 and 15-6. St. Mary’s swept Fallon, 26-24 and 25-17.

Thomas Ranson contributed to this story.