Both White Pine High girls teams lost in their respective regional playoff tournaments last week.
The volleyball team lost 3-0 to Incline in the semifinals of the tournament, and the soccer team lost 5-0 to Truckee at South Tahoe High School.
The volleyball team had lost to the Highlanders twice during the regular season and did so again in the tourney semifinals last Saturday. Scores were 17-25, 23-25, 17-25.
White Pine had started the tournament with a 3-1 win over Silver Stage.
Coach Kenna Almberg said, “I thought we played well against Incline. We had all but two players serve 100 percent and had an impressive performance from sophomore Olivia Hendrix. She scored seven kills, 11 assists and 17 defensive digs. We lose just two seniors and with the talent coming up from the JV team, I believe we can be a strong team, if not stronger next year the more those kids get a chance to play together.”
Incline then went on to lose 3-0 in the championship finals to top rated Yerington. Both teams advance to the state tournament in Reno this weekend.
The state tournament schedule this Friday has Incline (18-5) against defending state champion The Meadows (26-7) at Reed High School, and Yerington (30-5) against Lincoln County (15-12).
The tournament moves to Bishop Manogue High School on Saturday where all classifications will hold their championship finals.
In soccer, drawing a first round match in the playoffs against defending state champion Truckee was hard enough. And the Wolverines showed their power scoring a 5-0 shutout of the Bobcats.
Coach Jared Pringel said the girls almost got a quick score against Truckee that could have made a big difference. But it was one of those things that was only almost.
He said in the first couple of minutes, White Pine’s Sidney Hansen had a golden opportunity to score. “We caught them off guard and Sidney was going in for a shot.”
Hansen put the ball between the legs of the goalkeeper, but it just didn’t have enough speed to go in before a defender swooped in and kicked it away.
Pringel said, “There were times when I felt we played equal with them, but we just couldn’t hold that pace. Their skill level is very good.”
Two of the Wolverines accounted for the 19 shots on goal they had, Ava Seelenfreund and Amber Simonpietri. Together they had 10 shots and Seelenfreund scored twice.
“Truckee just moves the ball around so well,” Pringel said. “They worked really, really well as a whole unit, something we ourselves need to work on. Each person staying close to the one they are covering. You can really see the difference when a team does that. But we made them work for it and everyone played clean and fair.”
Truckee later lost to South Tahoe 2-1 in the Saturday finals.
In the state tournament semifinals this weekend at Bettye Wilson Park in Las Vegas, Truckee (18-5) faces Pahrump Valley (15-4-2) and South Tahoe (23-2) meets Western (14-5).
White Pine finished the season 15-3-3.
Pringel said he expects to have 12 players return to the team in 2019 and loses only six seniors.
He complimented Hansen, Whitney Prengel, Maren Barney, Zoe Beckley, Sage Dutson, Trace Deeds, and Eva Kingston for their fine play this season. “Coach Amanda Allred and myself were very proud of how hard the girls worked during the season.”