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Fallon needs help to make playoffs

Staff Report

Fallon senior Shelbi Schultz sets from the floor against Fernley last week.

If the Lady Wave volleyball team wants to continue its season past next week, it's going to need a little help.

After dropping last Tuesday's match to Fernley, Fallon rebounded with a sweep over North Valleys in Reno on Friday to stay one game behind Spring Creek for the sixth and final playoff spot with three matches remaining.

Because Spring Creek holds the tiebreaker, Fallon, which hosted Dayton on Tuesday, needs to win the remaining three matches and have Spring Creek lose once, or win the final two of three and hope the Spartans can lose two of three. Fallon hosts first-place and undefeated Truckee on Oct. 23 for Senior Night before finishing the season at Lowry on Oct. 25. Spring Creek has Fernley, Sparks and Elko left on the schedule.

The Lady Wave showed early against Fernley that it could beat its cross-valley rival for the first time in two years. Fernley held on to win the first game, 25-21, after Fallon battled back to take the lead late. Fernley won the second, 25-17, and coasted to a 25-15 win in the third to complete the sweep.

Sophomore Madison Whitaker led the team in kills with six and junior Karlee Hitchcock had five. Senior Taylor Ingram posted three kills.

Seniors Shelbi Schultz and Journey Martin each had an ace, and Whitaker finished with a team-high seven blocks. Schultz, Hitchcock and junior Mackenzee Moretto each had three. Ingram led the team in digs with eight, Schultz had four, and Hitchcock and senior Rylee Buckmaster each had three.

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Fallon took care of business against North Valleys to complete the season sweep in winning 25-17, 25-22 and 25-20.

Ingram led the team in kills with four, followed by Hitchcock and Schultz each with three. Schultz and Hitchcock each had two aces, and Ingram, Buckmaster and senior Lorynn Fagg each had one. Whitaker and Hitchcock led the team with four blocks apiece, and Moretto had three.

Ingram and Fagg led in digs with four each, followed by Martin with three and Schultz and Buckmaster with two apiece. Buckmaster had a team-high nine assists and Schultz had seven.