By Dave Maxwell

Special to The Ely Times

The White Pine High volleyball team and 1A powerhouse Pahranagat Valley squared off Tuesday night for a non-league fight between two feline mascots, Bobcats and Panthers

Hailey Ernest digs to make the play.   The Ladycats concluded the regular season with West Wendover on Wednesday.

Hailey Ernest digs to make the play. The Ladycats concluded the regular season with West Wendover on Wednesday.

Coach Kenna Almberg said, “It is always fun to play Pahranagat. They always give us a good match.”

And it was a good match. Both teams took a game to even the match 1-1, then fought it out as expected in the final two sets. White Pine came away the winner 3-1, but scores were tight, 25-15, 16-25, 25-23, 25-20.

There was a time with Pahranagat Valley held the upper hand in the non-league series, winning five times in a row between 2008-2013, but now the Ladycats have won four in a row.

Last week, the Ladycats took a couple of important league wins over Pershing County on Friday, 25-20, 25-23, and 25-19. Then Saturday, then downed Battle Mountain 25-7, 25-22, 25-13.

Almberg said one of the Pershing County fans said the match with White Pine was one of the best matches they had played all season. She said, “We brought our best and they did also. It went back and forth, point-by-point most of the match. We always stayed ahead, but it was close. They kept right on us all the way up to the finish.” The win gives the Ladycats (29-2-1, 10-2),  the solid No. 2 berth into the league playoffs behind Yerington (25-7, 14-0).

Against Battle Mountain on Saturday, the girls demolished the Longhorns 25-7 in the first set, but struggled in the second set.  “I made a lot of changes that set just to get everybody more playing time,” Almberg said. “Luckily we battled through that one and then went back to our original lineup for the final set.”

Madison Rick led the team in kills both weekend matches.

The girls finished up the league season this Wednesday with West Wendover.  The one-day league playoffs will be Nov. 5 at Fernley.