“All good things must come to an end,” said coach Monica Halverson after Pershing County’s volleyball 23-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-27 loss to Yerington in the semifinals of the Northern 2A Regional Championships on Saturday afternoon at Battle Mountain High School. The Mustangs finish the season at 11-4.
in first round
The Northern 2A Regional Championships started off on a bright note with a Mustang win against West Wendover on Friday 25-16, 25-14, 25-11.
“We went into this game with lots of hype and energy,” said the coach.
Presley Burrows and Kaydance Happy led the attack with 12 and eight kills respectively. Defensively, Taylor Garland added ten digs. Kaylen Halverson made 18 assists. Bela Rosas had ten.
“The Mustangs played great and worked together as a team,” said coach Halverson. “The girls were consistent and played at their level. I left the game feeling super positive about our upcoming game against Yerington.”
Mustangs end season with second-round loss to Yerington
The stakes couldn’t have been much higher.
A Mustang win would have nudged them toward a showdown with Incline for the league championship. It also would have punched their ticket to the state competition. Instead, Pershing County’s 2021 season came to a halt.
“It was a tough loss physically and emotionally,” said the coach. “The fourth set was exciting as our team played their hearts out. They displayed many emotions after the game.”
Team captain Presley Burrows had 16 kills. Unfortunately, she came down hard on her left leg in the fourth set.
Other team members stepped up to minimize her jumping.
Garland added five kills. Hannah Montes had one dig and one kill. Libero Andrea Canchola had four. Kaylen Halverson had 19 assists.
“Presley wanted to stay in and win the game so badly. That’s what a captain does and she’s the perfect example of what a captain should be. Next year won’t be the same without her,” said the coach.
Although the Mustangs lost, Halverson looks back on the season with pride.
“I’m proud of each one of my girls and how much they grew this season. They became better teammates too. A coach couldn’t ask for more. With all the obstacles they endured, they fought hard and held their heads up high.”
Many of the girls move on to the basketball team. Later, they’ll play softball or run track. But they’ll always remember their 2021 volleyball season.