By Dave Maxwell
Special to The Ely Times
“I think our team is peaking right now, just before the playoffs,” said coach Kenna Almberg of the White Pine girls volleyball team. Last week, the Ladycats had league matches with visiting North Tahoe and Incline.
Against North Tahoe it was fairly easy match. Scores were 25-7, 25-13, 25-11.
North Tahoe gave White Pine a lot of points by mishandling of the serve and/or returning the ball. “We’ve been working on our serves,” Almberg said, “making them more aggressive.” Many times the Bobcat serves just skimmed the ball across the net. “It’s something we are needing to do for our end of season play, aggressive, hard serves. You move it around, put a couple deep, then do some short ones, a few of the girls can do that well.”
Peaking at this time of the season, Almberg said, “We were able to get a lot of people playing time so when those people have to come off the bench during a tight match they’re ready to play.”
Against Incline, the fourth place team in the league, the Ladycats (26-2-1, 10-2) prevailed with a 3-0 victory by scores of 25-15, 25-20, 25-16 to move into second place in the league behind defending state champion Yerington (22-7, 11-0).
Almberg said Nina Lopez showed outstanding play in both matches on the weekend. “We came out stronger against Incline than I thought we would. It was a faster paced game and allowed us to run more offense. Our serves were strong and we scored a lot of points that way. We really had a good connection on the court.”
All of the Ladycats remaining matches are at home beginning this Friday and Saturday with Pershing County (8-12, 6-5) and Battle Mountain (5-8-1, 4-4), then a non-league visit on Tuesday from 1A powerhouse Pahranagat Valley.
The girls finish up the league season Oct. 26 with West Wendover. The four-team, one-day league playoffs will be Nov. 5 at Fernley.