The Pershing County High School volleyball team (7-5) is heading toward the home stretch of the 2017 season. This past weekend, the girls split two matches on the road.
This past Friday, the Lady Mustangs lost to White Pine High 25-16, 25-19 and 25-10 in Ely. Pershing County bounced back to beat West Wendover on Saturday 25-21, 25-21 and 25-12).
Lisa Clark coaches the varsity team.
PCHS falls to White Pine
“The team struggled to play to their potential against a tough team on the road,” said Clark about the loss.
Makenna Houston led the scoring with three kills, while Colbey Wanner and Sydney Jensen each had two. Taryn Houston added an ace, Maggie Baker contributed five assists and Wanner had three assists.
“The girls played better against the Lady Wolverines,” said Clark. “Faith Happy led the team with thirteen kills and four blocks to keep the momentum on our side.”
The PCHS junior currently leads the Northern 2A League in blocks with 43.
Wanner and Jensen each had six kills and Megan Renfroe added four more.
Wanner and Renfroe each had two aces. Both Morgan Reid and Makenna Houston added another.
Wanner contributed 16 assists and Baker added 11.
Taryn Houston had 16 digs, Sydney Jensen had seven six digs and Wanner added six more digs and a block.
The 2A Northern League currently ranks Pershing County as the fourth seed. Yerington (13-0), White Pine (10-3), and Incline (9-3) top the list.
North Tahoe (5-7), Silver Stage (2-11), Battle Mountain (1-9) and West Wendover (1-10) complete the lineup. Two of those four teams will advance to the regional playoffs.
“The players understand they’ll need to upset teams we haven’t been able to beat during the regular season if they want to compete at state,” said Clark. “They are capable of doing it if each girl steps up and plays to her potential. We have our work cut out for us.”
JV falls to Bobcats,
The JV girls lost to White Pine 25-7 and 25-9.
“Unfortunately, none of us were at our best,” said JV coach Sarah Haynie. “I made some crucial coaching errors that didn’t help the girl’s lack of mental focus. We were all disappointed in our efforts.”
But like the varsity squad, the JV bounced back to beat West Wendover the next day 25-10 and 25-22.
“The girls were able to put Friday’s loss in the past and play with level heads and determination,” said Hainey.
On Friday, the volleyball teams travel to North Tahoe. The JV starts at 4 p.m. and the varsity follows. On Saturday, they Lady Mustangs are on the road to Incline to play the Lady Highlanders at noon and 1 p.m.
The Northern 2A Regional Championships take place in Fernley on Nov. 3-4. The top six teams qualify for the tournament. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds receive a bye in the opening round.
The NIAA 2A State Championships take place at Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas on Nov. 10-11.