The rivalry will take on a new tone Saturday afternoon as the Douglas High and Carson High volleyball teams will meet for the regional championship at North Valleys High School at 4 p.m.
Regardless of the outcome, both schools will be playing in next week’s state tournament at Galena High School by virtue of their regional semifinal wins Thursday.
Carson earned its ticket with a four-game win over High Desert League champion Reed High School.
Douglas got past Sierra League champion Bishop Manogue in five games, holding off a late Manogue charge for the win.
The Tigers had battled back from a 2-0 deficit against McQueen in the quarterfinals, but found themselves on the other side of a rally Thursday night. Douglas clawed away a 30-28 in the first game against Manogue, and pushed the lead to 2-0 with a 25-22 win in Game 2.
Manogue, though, wasn’t ready to go away quietly. The Miners won Games 3 and 4 by the scores of 25-18 and 25-20.
In Game 5, Douglas got up 14-11, but the Miners rattled off three straight points to tie at 14. The teams again tied up at 15 before Douglas pushed ahead for the decisive final two points.
Ariah Barth had a monster game with 25 kills and 12 digs while Carmen Shaw added 19 kills. Kaycee Battcher served up four aces, Isabelle Peterson had four blocks, Raychel Allen had 20 digs, and Talyn Jackson dished out 42 assists.
Douglas and Carson split the regular season series, with Carson winning in Minden earlier in the year and Douglas winning in Carson last week.
The schools met in the regional semifinals in 2010 when Douglas went on to win both the region and state titles.
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