volleyball1This past weekend was a great start to a what White Pine High School volleyball coach Kenna Almberg said she expected to be a successful season for the Ladycats. The team hosted their annual White Pine Invitational Tournament last Friday and Saturday, with six teams including the Ladycats at the tournament, playing round robin games on Friday that seeded the teams for the bracketed tournament on Saturday.

“We had to split our JV squad to fill the 6th spot another team was unable to fill, so our White Pine A and White Pine B teams ended up playing each other in the championship match,” Almberg said. “Our varsity went undefeated in the tournament and had an exciting match against Owyhee, taking the third set, which is only to 15, all the way to 28-26 in order to win by two.”

Photos special to the Times/ROBERT SWITZER The White Pine Ladycats were winners of the White Pine Invitational last weekend at the high school.

Photos special to the Times/ROBERT SWITZER
The White Pine Ladycats were winners of the White Pine Invitational last weekend at the high school.

Almberg said that the crowd was on their feet for the last 13 points, cheering on their home team now claiming their 4th  consecutive White Pine championship.

The team played their first non-league away game on Tuesday with both JV and varsity teams bringing home wins.

“We have some great talent on both teams this year,” Almberg said. “Our varsity lost seven seniors last year so filling that many spots would be a challenge for any team. So far it looks like we are as strong as ever.’

Almberg said the team has many versatile players that can play multiple spots, allowing them to run an aggressive offense.

“We look forward to being back in the northern division after being in the south for the past two years,” she said.