Pahranagat Valley won all three matches last weekend Friday at the Lake Mead Fall Classic, including beating the Bishop Gorman JVs. On Saturday, the Panthers girls won one and lost one.
“It was a good tournament for us,” said coach Ginger Whipple. “I was able to freely substitute and I got some time and some good experience for the younger kids.”
They opened with a 25-7, 25-15 win over Word of Life, followed by a 25-9, 25-21 win over the Calvary Chapel JVs, then a 25-6, 25-14 win over the Bishop Gorman JVs.
The Lady Panthers had lost to Bishop Gorman JV 2-0 at the end of August. “We had seen them before at The Meadows tournament and we knew how tough they were going to be,” Whipple said. “We played them much better than we did at The Meadows.”
On Saturday, PVHS beat Calvary Chapel JV 25-13, 25-8, then lost a third season meeting with the Bishop Gorman JV 25-20, 15-25, 13-15. “Could have gone either way. We are still needing to learn better how to finish a match,” Whipple said. “But we did play well, learning how to play under a little bit of duress and stress. We got better, and that’s why you go to those tournaments anyway.”
Two of the Panther girls were named to the Lake Mead All-Tournament team, senior Libero Jamie Hansen and freshman outside hitter Karley Whipple.
The first league game for the Lady Panthers (8-6) in the newly expanded 11-team Southern Division IV is at home with Tonopah this Friday.
They played Mountain View on Tuesday this week. Karley Whipple had 10 kills, two aces and four digs to help PVHS to a 25-11, 25-15, 25-5 sweep of the Saints. Allyese Frehner dished out 23 assists and Jamie Hansen had seven digs and five aces. Brook Higbee had 15 digs and Madison Harris added five kills in the victory.
The team now has five of their next eight games at home.
Lincoln County (4-3) in the meantime opened Southern Division III league play at Agassi Prep in Las Vegas on Thursday this week.
PVHS and Lincoln will close out the regular season with each other at Lincoln Nov. 4.