As with the football team, this is also homecoming week for the Pahranagat Valley girls volleyball team. Now in the latter third of the season, league play just started for the team and their strongest competitor for the league championship might just be the Beatty Hornets. Beatty has a better overall record at 11-1 and is 3-0 in league play, but the teams don’t play each other until the final league match of the season in Alamo Oct. 27.

In the meantime, it’s Tonopah (9-11, 3-0) for homecoming this afternoon. The girls are 13-2 against the Lady Muckers since 2007 and have won four straight matches between the teams.

This past week, Pahranagat (11-4, 1-0) won two matches on the road last week, at Lake Mead and Beaver Dam. They topped Lake Mead in non-league action 25-14, 25-12, 25-12. Beaver Dam scores were not available.

Coach Ginger Whipple said Lake Mead and Beaver Dam “both have brand new coaches this year. I can see that their program is going to get there, but not right now.”

She said Lake Mead “displayed really good defense, the scores did not reflect the real flavor of the game. They were very scrappy. There’s good potential.”

Beaver Dam coach Kerry Noble has 10 years experience, but this is his first year with the Diamondbacks (5-3, 0-2).

Whipple admits she doesn’t know almost anything about Tonopah. It has been a little spotty since respected coach Javier Gonzalez died from cancer in 2014.

She said the games they are looking forward to most right now are home games with  Moapa Valley Oct. 10 and Pahrump Oct. 12. “I’m a little anxious about this next week,” Whipple said, “since we’ll be recovering from homecoming week and have a Monday game.” PVHS has not played Pahrump since 2012.

Pahranagat senior Kyla Shumway is a transfer this year from Moapa Valley, having played last year with the Pirates.

In the 1A North, defending state champ Smith Valley and Virginia City appear to be the leading contenders, with Sage Ridge of Reno right behind. Smith Valley plays at Virginia City today. The Bulldogs beat Virginia City 3-2 in their first league meeting Sept. 13 at Smith Valley.