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Volleyball: Damonte downs Douglas in five | USA Today High School Sports

With eight seniors, the Damonte Ranch volleyball team is built to win now.

Damonte's Meagan Carlson goes up for the spike against Douglas in Tuesday's game at Damonte Ranch.

Damonte’s Meagan Carlson goes up for the spike against Douglas in Tuesday’s game at Damonte Ranch.

After a slow start Tuesday, it looked like the Mustangs might wait until later.

But the Mustangs pulled together to beat Douglas, 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 25-14, 23-25 and 15-8) at Damonte Ranch.

Three of three seniors led the team in kills, Morgan Waller had 20, Meagan Carlson had 13 and Jasmin Hubbard had 12. Mckinley Thiede dished out 47 assists as Damonte improved to 11-4.

Carson, which beat first-place Bishop Manogue, 3-1 Tuesday, is in second place at 12-4. The Miners fell to 15-1. Douglas is locked into the fourth seed at 8-7.

Damonte Ranch ends its season with Senior Night on Wednesday against Galena.

Waller, who has given a verbal commitment to Florida Gulf Coast for volleyball, said consistency has been a problem for the  Mustangs this season.

“When we realize we’re in a game and we can do this, then we’ll flip our sides around and come out and be the team we know we can be,” Waller said. “It’s a re-occurring thing, we start slow, but we come back.”

She said Florida Gulf Coast seemed like home to her. That made her decision easier.

“I went and I fell in love. I love the staff. There are girls on that team that I am already so close with,” Waller said. “It’s home tome. I love it. It’s literally on the beach.”

She plans to study biology with a long-term goal of going to dental school.

Carlson has a few college offers to choose from. Cal State Fullerton and Sacramento State are at the top of her list.

She won’t decide until the spring and might study communication or business.

Carlson, who was a swimmer her freshman year, has played varsity volleyball with Waller for three years.

“They’re very focused and have athletic talent,” Damonte coach Dani Wallace said of Waller and Carlson. “But they also work hard on their skills.”

Isabelle Peterson led the Tigers with 12 kills, three blocks and 10 digs. Taryn Allmet had 10 kills and Aubrey Caine had seven. Raychel Allen had 19 digs and Talyn Jackson had 10 along with 27 assists.

Allen had to leave the game, after not feeling well. The Tigers were hurt by poor serving in the fifth game, after going ahead 6-4, the Mustangs went on a 9-1 run before closing it out.

“Damonte’s a good team. We let runs happen when runs shouldn’t have happened,” Douglas coach Suzi Townsell said. “Little mental errors and they add up.”

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