When the school bus transporting the White Pine High School Ladycat varsity volleyball team broke down in the parking lot of an outdoor mall on its way to Laughlin, the team made the best of their delay.

“The girls got a shopping trip but most of them didn’t bring money,” coach Kenna Almberg joked.

The breakdown, caused by a transmission fluid leak, caused the team to arrive to Laughlin High School just 10 minutes before their first scheduled match. But having to change on the bus and miss most of their warm-up time did little to slow down the veteran team.

The Ladycats defeated the Laughlin Cougars in a double header, winning the first 25-12, 25-13 and the second 25-21, 25-10.

Senior Ashlyn Huntington finished the day with a team high 14 kills. She said that her work with teammates from the summer months has helped her prepare for her final season.

“Mikalyn [Almberg] and I were at a volleyball camp every week in July. We worked on everything in camp but my main thing is hitting so it helped that a lot,” Huntington said.

The triple-sport athlete noted that winning the state championship on the girls basketball team last year has given her extra motivation to be successful in other sports as well.

“It’s such a great feeling. It’s definitely helped everything I do competitively.”

Emily Bischoff led the team with 8 aces and Mikalyn Almberg led the team in digs and passing average.

The junior varsity squad team also won both matches in straight sets.

The Ladycats will next take on Lincoln at home on Sept. 11 at 5 p.m.