Allyse Frehner set her teammates up well as the Pahranagat Valley High School girls volleyball team swept The Meadows in a non-league match on Tuesday.
The junior says she likes the setter position. “It’s my favorite. It’s a lot of fun. The hitters talk to me and tell me where they want the sets and I tell them either outside, middle or back.”
Frehner had 22 assists and Karley Whipple had 11 kills and 11 digs as the Panthers swept the Mustangs, 25-12, 25-13, 25-22.
Madison Harris had eight kills and three digs, and Madalyn Taylor added eight kills for the Lady Panthers, which also got 13 digs and two aces from Brook Higbee.
Katie Otter led The Meadows with three kills. Alexa Mirchou had two kills and 13 digs, and Amanda Hansen added 13 digs for the Mustangs (9-10, 4-4 Southern Division III).
Frehner said she also likes the back set, where the hitter is behind her and she doesn’t even see them when the set is being made. “I like setting those. The hitters usually let me know they are behind me before I go to set it.” However, she explained, the circumstances on any given volley have to be just right, so the decisions are often spur of the moment.
Coach Ginger Whipple is pleased with the way the team is progressing, although she does admit they have a tendency to let down in a match if they might have a two-game lead. She said that happened at Beatty when the last and deciding game was only 26-24 in Alamo’s favor.
The same let down happened with The Meadows also, when the Panther girls had to come from behind, then fight off a late Meadows rally for the win. “It was us,” Whipple said. “We missed a couple of passes, hit some balls out, put the ball into the net. We need to get stronger on the third set. It doesn’t take long, and you find yourself playing catch up.”
However, the Panthers of late, have been able to figure out how to finish on top. “I was proud of them that way,” she said.
This Friday PVHS (16-5, 4-0) hosts Word of Life (3-6, 1-1) at 5 p.m.