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Team win over Incline.

The White Pine high volleyball team continued to strengthen its position in the 2A Northern League and around the state with a pair of important homecoming wins last weekend.

The Ladycats had home wins against North Tahoe and Incline. Coach Kenna Almberg said the match with North Tahoe went 3-2 and shouldn’t have been that close.  “We won the first two games pretty easily, 25-22, 25-17, but then let up some,” she said. “Homecoming always has the girls thinking a lot of different directions. We got a little too comfortable, too confident, and missed quite a few serves in the third and fourth sets.” They lost those games 23-25, 21-25.“But then we got our stuff together,” Almberg said, “and came back to beat them 15-5 in the deciding game.

We started out with a good lead.”Nina Lopez 13 kills in the match, along with five aces. Hailey Ernest had 27 digs and “played fantastic defense,” Almberg  said.

Saturday was the big game with Incline. White Pine had lost to the Highlanders 3-2 Sept. 16 at Incline. Incline (16-7, 8-2) is in second place in the league, one game ahead of the Bobcats (23-3, 8-3).This time White Pine took the match 3-1. Scores were 25-13, 22-25, 25-10, 28-26. Almberg said. “We were a little more prepared for them this time, although it was still a tough, intense match the entire time and I was probably as pleased as I’ve ever been with how the girls played during that Incline match. We had 43 kills overall and team hitting percentage of .416, just phenomenal. This means we did not make a lot of errors. They all really enjoyed being out there, even when the point did not go our way. Most of the balls we touched scored points.

We had 43 kills that game and 19 aces.  Britney Kingston and Maryn Van Tassell really played the net well both on offense and defense. Hailey Earnest had a fantastic defensive game with 27 digs.  Our advantage is that we can attack from all three spots  not just the middle with Kelsi Stork on the right side and Maddie Rick and Nina Lopez as our starting outside hitters.

Three of the four remaining games on the regular season are at home, including this week hosting Pershing County and Battle Mountain. The only away match is at defending 1A state champion Pahranagat Valley in Alamo Oct. 25.

“We beat both Pershing (11-9, 6-4) and Battle Mountain (1-11, 1-8) last time, but Pershing is a pretty strong team and we will definitely need to be prepared for them,” Almberg said. The six-team 2A Northern regionals will be at Fernley High Nov. 3-4.

Cross Country

In girls cross country, Odessa Stewart again showed fine form in placing seventh at the Lake Mead Invitational in Boulder City last week.

The freshman covered the 5,000 meter course in 23:01. Not her best time of the season, but only about two minutes behind 2A statewide girls leader Ellen Hirsberg of The Meadows, leaving lots of room for improvement.

Team member Anna Kildeberg ran 30:27, senior Candyce Humphries, 27:06, and freshman Charity Parry 25:47.

This weekend, the girls participate in the Southern Division Finals Saturday at Basic High in Henderson.

The Ladycats would like to invite the community to our games against Pershing County on Friday starting with the JV at 4:00 and Varsity to follow.  We want it to be a PINK OUT in recognition of breast cancer so please wear PINK!  The first 200 fans to show up wearing pink will get a pink cupcake.  We would love to fill the gym with support not only for our Ladycats but to help raise money for cancer.  See you there!