The Pershing County High School volleyball team (6-4) stayed home this week for a pair of Northern 2A matches.
On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Lady Mustangs fell to league-leading Yerington 25-13, 25-10 and 27-25. This past Friday, Pershing County defeated Silver Stage 25-13, 25-17, 25-15.
Lisa Clark coaches the varsity girls squad.
Pershing County falls
Yerington’s Lady Lions currently lead the Northern 2A pack. They are undefeated in league play (10-0). Yerington won Tuesday’s match 3-0, but Pershing County made them sweat in the final set.
“The girls let their nerves get the best of them in the first two games,” said Clark.
In the third set, the Pershing County crowd stomped, yelled and cheered for their team. The encouragement energized the Lady Mustangs. The results showed at the net.
“We battled to the bitter end,” said Clark. “I hope now the girls realize they can compete against Yerington.”
Pershing County’s Sydney Jensen led the attack with 10 kills, 10 digs and an ace. Faith Happy added five kills and three blocks and Taryn Houston and Colbey Wanner each had two kills.
Houston added 12 digs and Wanner had five assists, five digs and an ace.
Megan Renfroe added an ace, Maggie Baker had five assists and Morgan Reid had five digs.
The final set saw long volleys. Each team fought to keep the ball in play. Ultimately, Yerington won by two points, 27-25 with Pershing County close behind.
Lady Mustangs cruise past Nighthawks;
celebrate Senior Night
This past Friday, the Lady Mustangs welcomed the girls from Silver Springs, the Lady Nighthawks. It was a good night for Pershing County. In addition to winning the match, the Lady Mustangs celebrated Senior Night, a tradition at the final home match of each season.
Pershing County said farewell to six members of its nine-girl volleyball team. Taryn Houston, Sydney Jensen, Maggie Baker, Megan Renfroe, Morgan Reid and Faith Moreira graduate in June 2018. Faith Happy and Colbey Wanner are juniors. Makenna Houston is the team’s sole sophomore.
“It was fun to watch the seniors play one last time in our home gym,” said Clark. “But it’s sad to know we won’t have them with us next year.”
Jensen led the scoring against Silver Stage with 10 kills. Happy had five kills and a stuff block. Wanner and Renfroe each added three kills. Wanner also had four aces, seven digs and 13 assists.
Renfroe added four aces, Reid contributed three more and Baker had five digs and five assists.
The weekend started out rough for the JV volleyball team. They lost to Yerington 25-16 and 25-12.
“It was a low point in our season,” said Sarah Haynie, JV volleyball coach.
But the team bounced back against Silver Stage on Thursday. Pershing County beat the Lady Nighthawks 23-25, 25-17 and 15-12.
“The girls turned things around and played well together,” said Haynie. “With only two weeks left in the season, we want to move forward, work as a team and show our potential.”
The Lady Mustangs are back on the road this weekend. On Friday, they play White Pine (8-3) at 5 p.m.. On Saturday, Pershing County takes on West Wendover (1-9) at 1 p.m.
Pershing County (6-4) is currently fourth place in the league behind Yerington (11-0), Incline (8-2) and White Pine (8-3). The top six teams qualify for the Northern 2A Regional Championship in Fernley on Nov. 3-4. The top two teams receive first-round byes.
“We’d feel more confident with a higher seed,” said Clark. “So we’re hoping to upset White Pine or Incline; maybe both.”
The following weekend, Pershing County closes the regular season with two road matches. They play North Tahoe on Oct. 27, and Incline on Oct. 28.