The White Pine High volleyball team lost two difficult matches, falling to Pershing County three sets to one and Battle Mountain three sets to two. Against Pershing County, the Ladycats won the first set 28-26, before losing the final three sets to drop the match. 

“Pershing County is the defending state champion and is a solid team,” coach Kenna Almberg said.

Against Battle Mountain, the Ladycats won the first two sets, before losing the final three. Despite losing, White Pine saw several strong performances, Almberg said.

“Alli Huntington had a great weekend with 33 kills between (the two) matches,” Almberg said. “She has a very effective jump serve this year, which out of her 35 good serves, had seven aces. Jaden Ernest did a fantastic job with 68 assists for the weekend. She also had four aces and scored four points with her strategic placement of her tips.”

The Ladycats also saw strong performances from Debra Kingston, who had 11 kills and Kortni Venturino, who had six kills during the weekend.

“Our middle blockers played well as they had strong hitters on both Pershing and Battle Mountain to try and stop,” Almberg said.

The JV team defeated Pershing County two sets to one before falling to Battle Mountain two sets to one. White Pine hosts West Wendover on Friday (matches begin at 4 p.m.) and Wells on Saturday (matches begin at noon).

Although White Pine’s varsity lost its two matches last week, Almberg said she is excited to see the way the team is coming together as it makes its push during the second half of the season toward the postseason.

“The new players are really progressing and starting to figure the game out,” Almberg said. “It is great to see (the players) develop and improve individually and as a team.”