By Dave Maxwell

Special to The Ely Times

The Cats and the Lions had a tussle at the Class 2A state volleyball semifinals last week at Sparks High School, but Calvary Chapel prevailed over White Pine in straight sets 25-20, 25-22, 25-19.“It didn’t turn out like we had planned,” said coach Kenna Almberg, but it was the third straight year the girls have advanced to the state tournament.“They were good games with Calvary,” she said. “We didn’t play bad. Calvary is a very solid, very good team and just outplayed us. We didn’t lose to a bad team by any means.”Malia Lee added seven kills and 12 digs, and Sara Hernandez had seven kills and 10 digs for the Lions.Calvary Chapel (29-5), then played Yerington (29-7) in the championship Saturday afternoon at Damonte Ranch in south Reno.Yerington advanced with a 25-15, 25-23, 25-16 win over The Meadows (26-11).White Pine (31-4-1) and Calvary used to play regularly when the Bobcats were part of the Southern League. The teams split in their meetings in 2015. Calvary did not make it out of regionals last year, but had put together a 27-5 record and a 16-match win streak. It was the first meeting of the season for the two teams.“They are a lot like Yerington,” Almberg said,In the finals, Malia Lee had 14 kills and five aces as Calvary Chapel ended Yerington’s run of three consecutive Class 2A state championships and 19-match win streak, to claim their very first state title with a 25-21, 18-25, 25-15, 25-21 win.Almberg said White Pine will be heavily senior oriented next year with 11 expected to be on the squad. “We have a great future and should be every bit as strong as we were this year.”