The White Pine High volleyball team picked up wins against North Tahoe (three sets to one) and Incline (three sets to none). The wins helped the Ladycats punch their ticket to the Division tournament in November. But now, the team is looking to continue to build momentum.

“The games this weekend were important in securing a spot in divisions,” coach Kenna Almberg said. “Now we need to do well this next weekend so we can move up a spot and have a better seed at the tournament.”

White Pine saw several strong performances, including from Kortni Venturino, Almberg said.

“Kortni Venturino had a good weekend with 100 percent serving against North Tahoe, three kills in both the North Tahoe and Incline matches as well as 11 total blacks, three of which ended in a point for the Ladycats.”

Other highlights included 11 total kills from Debra Kingston, 13 from Alli Huntington, 12 from Ashlyn Huntington, seven from Trasie Heggie, four from Jaden Ernest and one each from Montana Hart and Taylor Simons.

But perhaps the biggest key came from working on serves, Almberg said.

“We have really been working hard in practice on consistent serving and it paid off this weekend as we minimized missed serves to 10 out of 73 and increased our ace percentage as well,” Almberg said.

The junior varsity team also had a strong weekend, beating North Tahoe before falling to Incline. Minkinley Prengel and Jenna Gubler had 100 percent serving during the two matches and Kadi Finicum, Mikaylyn Almberg and Haylee Andre had consistent passes from the back row, Almberg said.

As the White Pine High varsity volleyball team plays its final regular season matches before the post season, the Ladycats have been wearing special jerseys in honor of breast cancer awareness month with Thursday’s match no exception.