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Sep. 05, 2007

Reno hosts big volleyball tournament

SPECIAL TO THE PVT

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RENO -- The title of a popular oldie sums up the thoughts of Northern Nevada teams about the High Sierra Volleyball Tournament here this weekend.

That is, "California Dreaming."

According to a report on the Web site, nevprep.com, California dreaming is becoming a reality at the three area high schools hosting the event - Galena, Bishop Manogue and Damonte Ranch.

Why is the Golden State on the minds of Nevada coaches and players? Because they are the cream of the crop. St. Joseph and Nevada Union are particularly imposing. So are St. Francis and Ashland, an Oregon entry that snagged the 2006 crown.

The tournament features nine pools of four teams each with the top two emerging into the gold bracket. Entered is Zephyr Cove Whittell, which has earned five of the last seven Nevada Class 2-A state titles and regularly takes on teams from the Northern 4-A.

Las Vegas Faith Lutheran, from the Nevada Class 3-A Southern League, is slated to be among the teams competing in the tournament, as is state 3-A champion Yerington.

Yerington won its first volleyball title last season, snagging the Class 3-A crown behind exceptionally talented Kayla Lommori.

Lommori finished second behind Lowry's Kylie Owsley in the Nevada Player of the Year voting in 2006 and is a favorite to take that honor this year.

Playing with a pulled stomach muscle early this season, Lommori has still racked up 133 kills. It's no wonder she's receiving major Division I college attention. She teams up with setter Kiara Ross to form one of the premier duos in Nevada high school volleyball.














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