The White Pine High varsity volleyball team swept its home matches last weekend, beating North Tahoe three sets to none and Incline three sets to one.
While the Ladycats won against North Tahoe without dropping a set, White Pine lost the first set to Incline and faced an 18-15 deficit in the second set before rallying to win three-straight sets to take the match.
“It’s huge,” Almberg said. “That’s the most important part is to win a match that’s going back and forth and can go either way. Against North Tahoe, the team wasn’t up to the level that this team was and we beat them in three games. But that’s good too because those are the games that you can get too comfortable in and can lose if you’re not careful.”
White Pine saw several strong performances from both its starters and players coming off the bench. Trasie Heggie had 11 kills, nine blocks and six digs during the two matches. Alli Huntington had 19 kills and seven aces while sister Ashlyn Huntington had 18 kills and eight aces. Other notable performances included Debra Kingston with 10 kills and 11 blocks, Jaden Ernest with 11 digs and 28 assists and Anna Nicholes with nine kills, 14 digs and 32 assists.
“I’m really pleased with the performances from some of our starters and players who came in off the bench,” Almberg said.
Against Incline, White Pine also started to make strides in its mental toughness. In a match that featured big momentum swings throughout each set, seeing the Ladycats hold strong and find a way to win was somethign Almberg said they’ve been working on in practices all season long.
“It was good,” Almberg said.”It’s something we’ve been talking about in practice for weeks now. It doesn’t matter what the score is, you have to play each point the same. We were taken through a little bit of a roller coaster ride, but they were able to stay mentally stable and pull out the win.”
As the Ladycats looks to keep its momentum going against Pershing County and Battle Mountain, players believe the team is headed in the right direction.
“It’s super exciting that we have so many returning players that have played together and new girls to step up and be a huge asset to our team as a whole,” Trasie Heggie said. “I look forward to every week playing with my team and improving tremendously to help us become a successful team.”
The JV volleyball team also faced North Tahoe and Incline last weekend. Among the highlights included Mikinley Prengel, who had six kills.
“Mikinley had a great weekend,” Almberg said. “She had great passes and jump serves.”
Other notable performances included Britney Carson who had 36 sets, 13 of which assisted the Ladycats in kills and Tierra Marques who had 20 serves, three aces and 10 assists. White Pine’s next home matches will be Oct. 4 and 5 when the team hosts West Wendover and Wells.