The South Tahoe volleyball team beat Faith Lutheran in five sets Friday in the Division I-A state semifinals at Galena to advance to the state championship today.
After falling into a 2-1 deficit against Faith Lutheran in the semifinals, the Vikings' senior leadership pulled through.
Bailey David, Morgan Kaufer and Drew Norberg led South Tahoe to eke out two wins -- 28-26 in the fourth set and a 15-12 in the fifth -- earning an unlikely victory.
"I thought Faith Lutheran had it won, too," senior middle Norberg said. "I'm just really proud that my team kept fighting."
Faith Lutheran took a 26-25 lead in the fourth set and was one point from advancing to the final.
After the Crusaders hit a ball out, Vikings senior libero Kaufer came up with an ace and South Tahoe rode the momentum to victory.
"It was pretty frustrating when Faith Lutheran went ahead at the end of the fourth set after we had been winning the whole time, but we just fought harder as it got closer," Norberg said. "Morgan was awesome, a powerhouse for us tonight."
In addition to Kaufer's 10 digs, she and Norberg finished with a combined 37 kills. Norberg also had eight aces and three blocks, while David led the Vikings with 16 digs.
"That was so fun. I love games that are so close like that because when you win, it makes it that much more exciting," Norberg said.
CHAPARRAL d. TRUCKEE at Galena: The second Div. I-A state semifinals matchup wasn't quite as exciting, as Chaparral cruised to a four-set victory, 15-25, 25-21, 25-20 and 25-20, over Truckee and advanced to the finals against South Tahoe at noon today.
"I'm just so proud of my kids for winning (in the semifinals), but we're looking forward to a good game (in the finals) because we know Chaparral is well-coached," South Tahoe head coach Dan McLaughlin said.
Cowboys senior outside hitter Jaeda Allen led with 28 kills, and senior outside hitter Rita Mesa-Mola had 14. Senior libero Cheyenne Huntsman had 21 digs and a team-high nine aces.
"I don't take anything away from that Truckee team because they were a great challenge, but we just wanted it more today," Chaparral coach Jay Renneker said. "We'll be ready for South Tahoe tomorrow. You'll just have to wait and see what our game plan is."