Pahranagat Valley girls beat Southern Division III league leader Calvary Chapel for the second time this season on Monday this week. Karley Whipple had 14 kills and 22 digs, along with 12 kills from Madison Harris, to lead the Panthers to a 3-1 win.
They lost the first game 18-25, but came on to take the next three 25-13, 25-18 and 25-19. Alyson Egbert and Madi Taylor had eight kills each, and Allyse Frehner dished out 32 assists in the match.
“It took us a little while to warm up,” said Coach Ginger Whipple. “The first game reflected that. Then they got serious and decided to come and play ball. My middles (Egbert and Taylor) each got eight kills apiece and I’m really happy about that. We’ve needed a little more offensive production out of both of them, something besides the block, and that night we got it.”
Whipple said it was a good defensive match between both teams. “We probably had four long rallies, where it seemed like it lasted five minutes, and we won most of them.”
She added, “The good thing about that match was my girls were finally able to finish. They know how to win those tight games. That’s what we have been working on and I’m most proud of them.”
PVHS had earlier beaten Calvary Chapel 2-1 in The Meadows tournament at the end of August.
Last week for homecoming against Beatty, Karley Whipple had 11 kills, six digs and three aces to help host Pahranagat Valley’s team to a 25-13, 25-7, 25-14 win.
Brook Higbee added 11 digs and seven aces, and Madison Harris had seven kills and three digs for the Panthers, who got 20 assists from Allyse Frehner.
On Tuesday, this week, PVHS (12-6, 3-0) topped Quest Academy (0-5, 0-2), one of the two league newcomers, in straight sets 3-0. Games were played at the Centennial YMCA. Scores were 25-10, 25-10, 25-5.
Whipple said “My bench was able to spend some quality time on the floor, and the starters worked on some things they have needed to work on like placement of the serve, placement of their hits, etc.”
The team is off until Oct. 10 when they play at Indian Springs. The girls host Division III White Pine in Alamo on Oct. 14.