With school in session now, defending 1A state champion Pahranagat Valley looks for another strong year in volleyball.
Coach Ginger Whipple admits losing top players to graduation like Madison Harris and Allyse Frehner will be felt, but she has been there before many times and knows how to make the adjustments. The Lady Panthers are the seven-time defending league champions and four-time defending league tournament champions as well. Pahranagat Valley has won three of the last four state titles, five of the last seven, and 13 since 2000.
A look at the new season for PVHS begins with four road games at Moapa Valley, Pahrump Valley, 2A champion Calvary Chapel and White Pine. League play begins Sept. 22 at Round Mountain.
Pahranagat plays White Pine twice this season. Whipple said the reason is “because we couldn’t get another quality non-league game, so we decided to do a home-and-home this year with the Bobcats, and they are always a good match. We’ve done that before, too.” White Pine won the only meeting between the teams last year and has won the last four matches.
Pahranagat Valley has been so dominant for nearly the past 20 years, with all the teams they have played from any classification, that they have amassed an unofficial record of 212-51 since 2004, including a 15-3 mark with teams from out of state.
There is no 1A school in Nevada that they have a losing record against, a testament to the fine coaching efforts of Whipple and her assistants.
To make the team stronger through all this, Whipple has for several years played 2A and 3A schools in non-league or pre-season tournaments, primarily “for the experience of better competition.”
Against the upper-division schools, they will play this season, the Panthers are 5-4 with both Moapa and White Pine, 3-1 against Pahrump Valley, and 12-8 against defending 2A state champion, Calvary Chapel. Against in-county rival Lincoln County, PVHS holds a 17-2 edge over the past 10 years, with the two losses coming in 2014.