Even though the White Pine High volleyball team finished in second place to Yerington, and are preparing ready for this weekend’s league tournament at Fernley High, coach Kenna Almberg knows there is still work to do.
One of which is doing better at the service game. That’s what cost the team a loss at defending 1A state champion Pahranagat Valley Oct. 25. Scores were 19-25, 13-25, 25-17, 21-25. “Our serve-receive was awful today,” Almberg said. “It really struggled. And it’s hard to come back after giving away those first two sets.”
Losing service gives a point to the other team and also puts the ball back in their hands.
The loss to the Panthers was the first time White Pine had lost to the perennial 1A powerhouse since 2013. The Ladycats had won the first match 3-2 in September in Ely.
Alamo was much improved from the first meeting Almberg said. “I always expect a tough match with them. Today, their defense was fantastic. They cover the court really well.”
The Ladycats bounced right back the next day though, and beat West Wendover 3-0 to finish up the 2A Northern League season. Scores were 25-14, 25-7, 25-3.
Senior Brittany Kingston had eight kills in 13 attempts and only one error in the match. Kendra Thompson had eight service aces.
So, now coach Almberg and the girls play in the 2A Northern regional tournament at Fernley High today and Saturday. White Pine and Yerington as the top two seeds received first round byes and advance today’s semifinal round.
Today’s first round games matched Pershing County (12-12) against North Tahoe (9-13) and Incline (19-8) vs. Battle Mountain (2-16).
The championship match is Saturday with both teams advancing to the state tournament at Faith Lutheran High in Las Vegas Nov. 10-11.
In the four-team 2A Southern tournament at Laughlin this weekend, top seed The Meadows (30-4-3) plays Lake Mead Academy (17-10-1) and Lincoln County (12-11-2) plays defending state champion Calvary Chapel (22-7-1) in the Friday games. The championship match is on Saturday.