By Dave Maxwell
The White Pine High girls volleyball team had a successful three-match road trip Sept. 23-24 and Oct. 1.
The Ladycats played at Pershing County and Battle Mountain on back-to-back days and won both matches 3-0. Scores with Pershing County were 25-16, 25-21 and 28-26, and at Battle Mountain 25-22, 25-17, 25-13.
“We had a solid blocking game against Pershing, shutting down nearly everything they tried to hit at us,” said coach Kenna Almberg. “We showed improvement on both offense and defense. Even though we started out strong and have a season record of 22-1, we are still trying to figure a few things out.
‘I have been very pleased with our setter performance and ability to lead on the court. Kendra Thompson, Mikinley Prengel and our newest addition to the Ladycats, Aranza Gimenez have both strong hands and strong leadership which is vital to our team’s success.”
On Oct. 1, the girls traveled to West Wendover and took three from the Wolverines 25-17, 25-14, 25-20.
Almberg said, “Aranza Gimenez filled in for one of our starting setters, Mikinley Prengel, who was out this week. She also had a great defensive along with Hailey Ernest. Kendra Thompson had a 12-point serving run in the third set as well as added a few kills.”
New to the 2A Northern League this year, the Ladycats are 7-1 in league, 22-1 overall. Almberg said, “We have now played all of the teams in our conference which were all away games. We are looking forward to having the home court advantage and would love to fill the gym with support for all of our home games this month. I believe we have more options in our offense if we can just improve our serve receive and defensive coverage from our first match against them earlier in the season.”
This weekend, the girls host Yerington and Silver State. Yerington (16-7, 7-0) is the only league loss the Cats have thus far. Last month, in Yerington, the Lions took the match 3-0, so it figures to be another cat fight.
Yerington hosted Dayton on Wednesday this week, before the weekend trip to White Pine and West Wendover.