With back to back home victories against Laughlin on Oct. 2 the White Pine High School volleyball team moved into first place in their division, holding a two-game lead over second place division team Calvary Chapel Christian Academy. The Ladycats overpowered the Laughlin Lions inside the White Pine gymnasium in their Thursday night double-header, winning the first game 25-19, 25-9 and their second 25-13, 25-12.
Ladycat’s coach Kenna Almberg said that her team’s strong serving game, which produced 34 aces, was a key factor in the win.
“We really were winning the game with our serves,” Almberg said.
Jaden Ernest and Debra Kingston both led the team in aces with seven a piece. Almberg also mentioned the strong offensive and defensive contributions by Jerilyn Ogden, who recorded five kills and four digs in the games against the Lions.
The Ladycats weren’t finished however. The team traveled to West Wendover on Oct. 4 to play against the Wolverines. The Ladycats again flexed their scoring capabilities, winning the best of five game match in three straight sets with scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-14. Almberg said that Kingston’s effort against the Wolverines earned her team honors this week.
“Debra Kingston was our player of the week this week with nine kills, two blocks, four digs and a perfect passing average,” Almberg said.
The junior varsity squad also defeated the Wolverines in a regular best of three game, winning 25-22 and 25-18. Kendra Thompson recorded five kills, Izzy Romero and Rebecca Hall had four aces and Haylee Andre led the JV team in digs.
White Pine will next face off against the second-place Calvary Chapel Lions for the Ladycat’s homecoming game on Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. inside the high school gymnasium. Almberg said that the tough matchup should provide for an “exciting game.
“I think the girls are right where they should be for the season and if they play with confidence will come out with two important wins against Calvary,” the coach said.