After a week of enjoyable and interesting homecoming activities including the annual Powder Puff football game, the Pahranagat Valley girls volleyball team gets back into action with a match against visiting Indian Springs today.
Last week the Lady Panthers (17-5, 5-0) easily dispatched Word of Life (3-10, 1-4) by scores of 25-10, 25-9, 25-5. Karley Whipple had 10 kills and Allyse Frehner had 18 assists.
Indian Springs is expected to present more competition to the Panthers. The Thunderbirds (7-4, 5-1) are currently third in the Division IV Southern League behind Sandy Valley (13-1, 4-0). But Indian Springs did lose a home match 3-0 to Sandy Valley last week. Indian Springs only remaining league game after Pahranagat is Beatty Oct. 29.
The history of the matches between PVHS and Indian Springs since 2008 has all been one-sided, the Panthers having an 8-0 record.
The Thunderbirds have made it to the league playoffs the past six years in a row but have not advanced to the state tournament in any of those years. Last year, they were the No. 4 seed in the regional tournament but lost in the first round to Beaver Dam.
Pahranagat is the two-time defending regional and state champions in addition to having won 12 state titles since 2000.
The top two seeds in the league have a first round bye in the regional tournament Nov. 4 as No. 3 hosts No. 6 and No. 4 hosts No. 5. The winners then move to the four-team semifinals and finals Nov. 7 at a site yet to be determined.
The Division IV State tournament follows at Foothill High in Henderson Nov. 13-14.
Pahranagat coach Ginger Whipple has been working with the team to improve their ability to finish and not not let up in the third set, which has been a bit of a problem, she notes. “Sometimes, if the first two sets are pretty easy, we might struggle on that third set. It doesn’t take much to make mistakes and find yourself get four or five points down and then having to playing catch up. We need to work better on finishing strong.”