Pahranagat Valley won the first game, but White Pine rallied and won the next three for a 3-1 non-league win Oct. 23 in Alamo.
The Bobcats, the Division III Southern league leaders (18-5, 13-1) showed their strength in the last three games. Scores were 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 18-25. It was the first time the Panther girls had lost to White Pine in their six meetings since 2008.
Outside hitter junior Ashlyn Huntington said Alamo did give them as tough a match as they had expected. “We heard that they beat Calvary Chapel (twice), but lost to Lincoln County (twice). They were definitely competition and we expected that.” White Pine has two wins over both Calvary and Lincoln.
For Pahranagat Valley, Karley Whipple had 14 kills, Allyse Frehner 23 assists, and Brook Higbee 27 digs.
Alamo senior Jamie Hansen said, “We knew it was going to be tough. I was expecting it. Ginger (coach Whipple) had prepared us. We were ready to play. I think we gave them a good match.”
However, the Panther girls hurt themselves with many unforced errors, and balls hit into the net. Each error just gives points to the other team. Hansen said White Pine was their toughest opponent so far because, “they place the ball in the hole, they hit it where were are weak, and they dug out our hits really well.”
PVHS played at Round Mountain (1-11, 1-8) last Friday and won the match 25-21, 25-12, 25.14. Karley Whipple was again the star with 14 kills, followed by Gracie Carter with 8.
On Tuesday, this week, the Panther \girls played Word of Life in a league match and won 25-7, 25-11, 25-19 to wrap up the No. 1 seed for the league playoffs.
Senior Jade Jewett said the team is looking forward to the playoffs. “I think we’re going to do good, especially if we focus and remember to finish.”
The Lady Panthers have two remaining games on the regular season, both on the road at Beaver Dam Oct. 30 and a non-league rematch at Lincoln County Nov. 4. This will be a tune-up for both teams as they ready for their respective league tournaments.
PVHS, the defending regional and state champions, as the Southern Division IV No. 1 seed, will have a first round bye. The No. 2 seed, likely Sandy Valley or Beatty, will also have a first round bye. The regional semi-finals and finals will be held Nov. 8 in Las Vegas at a site yet to be determined. The top two advance to the state tournament Nov. 14-15 in Reno.