By Dave Maxwell
Special to The Ely Times
Riding the crest of a five-match win streak and 14 of their last 15, White Pine volleyball enters the 2A Northern League playoffs this Saturday at Fernley.
The Ladycats (30-2-1) closed the regular season last week with a 3-0 win over West Wendover. Scores were 25-20, 25-9, 25-14.
Coach Kenna Almberg said it was also “senior night and a lot of emotions. I thought the girls played well. But you just don’t have the opportunity to play at the same level as we did with Pahranagat Valley the night before.”
It was a 3-1 win over the 1A powerhouse Panthers from Alamo. “We needed a good, tough competitive match. They are always that way. It’s exciting to play them.” The scores were 25-15, 16-25, 25-23, 25-20.
Almberg said she was greatly impressed by the play of her team in the middle last week. “Our blocking was fantastic.” Brittany Kingston had six blocks in both matches and Maryn VanTassel contributed several others.
Mikinley Prengel was also pointed out by Almberg as having been “a solid player all season. She’s my stats leader in aces, with over 100, and our senior setter. She will be a very key player for us.” The all-time state record for aces in a single season is 242 by Amanda Wellman, Lake Mead, 2009.
In the league tournament this Saturday, the Ladycats will first face Incline (8-7). “Other than Yerington, Incline was the only other team that took us to five games in any league match. I expect them to be tough. They’ve got some pretty good blockers themselves.”
Yerington (25-7), the three-time defending state champion, eight of the last 10, plays Battle Mountain (8-9-1) in the other semifinal. Both finalists advance to the state tournament in Sparks and Reno, Nov. 11-12.
In the 2A Southern League tournament in Panaca Nov. 5, Calvary Chapel (24-5) is the top seed and will play Agassi Prep (10-7) in the first semifinal. Lincoln County (20-14) plays The Meadows (25-9) in the second. Both finalists will advance to the state tournament.
NIAA playoff prices will apply for all matches.