Dave Maxwell
Kami Stirling of Pahranagat makes a block at the net in a recent game with Lincoln County.

With both teams going to their respective regional tournaments, White Pine and Pahranagat Valley met for the second time this season on Oct. 23 in Ely.

Back in September, the Panthers beat the Bobcats 3-1 in Alamo.

However, this time, White Pine came away with a 3-1 win. Scores were 28-30, 15-25, 25-23, and 21-25.

“We played a good game with them the first set,” said Coach Milly Walch. “Not so good the second set. We had the lead and they caught us. The final two sets were more competitive as we split them, but they still won the match. However, I wasn’t too upset with the loss because the girls worked really hard.”

And she added, “It is good to have these matches with better higher level teams because our own league (1A Southern) isn’t very competitive and these games, win or lose, usually helps prepare us for regionals and state.”

She said the team did not serve well at Ely, either into the net or out of bounds, “just all over the place,” and Walch has noted before the damage that causes “because it just gives points away.”

White Pine’s Madison Rick had 14 kills for the Bobcats.

“She has gotten a lot better for them since our first meeting,” Walch said. “She has learned much better how to get her hit down.”

Walch commented on the play of Panther setter McKenzie Poulsen.

“Her sets are getting so much better. At the beginning of the season she was double-setting too often. Her hands have gotten softer of late and she is doing a good job now.”

The girls had a final league match with Green Valley Christian for senior night, Oct. 25, and will conclude the regular season with a traditional end of the year meeting with Lincoln County in Panaca, Oct. 30. Pahranagat won the first match 3-0 in Alamo, Sept. 11.

Lincoln County (10-10) is currently tied with Lake Mead (17-9) for second place in the 2A Southern League, but holds the tie-breaker because they won the second match between the two on Sept. 21.

PVHS (13-8) had wins this season over both Lincoln and Lake Mead Academy, a split with White Pine, and a loss to defending 2A state champion The Meadows (23-7).

The 1A South/Central League playoffs will be Nov. 2-3 in Tonopah.

Pahranagat is the five-time defending regional tournament champion and two-time defending state champion.

The expected first round pairings in the regional tournament, if all things remain equal, will match Pahranagat Valley and Round Mountain, Liberty Baptist and Coleville, Green Valley Christian and Tonopah, and Beatty against Smith Valley.

The 1A Class state tournament begins Nov. 9 at Reed High School in Reno and concludes with the finals for all classifications on Nov. 10 at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno.