Pershing County’s Daralyn Moura, sends the ball to her teammates.
Pershing County’s Daralyn Moura, sends the ball to her teammates.
Nothing challenges a volleyball team like going up against a more experienced opponent. 

The Pershing County volleyball girls traveled to Tahoe City, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Lovelock lost to the Lady Lakers in three sets (13-25, 10-25, 16-25), but coach Monica Halverson sees the loss as a learning experience for the girls in red and black.

With the loss, Lovelock sits at 2-5, overall, and 0-3 in the 2A Northern League.

“We stepped onto the court confident that we’d have a good game,” said Halverson. “Daralyn (Moura) was all over the court digging up balls and our offense was setting up nicely.”

Yet the Lakers dominated the game.

“They covered their court better and found our holes on the block,” said Halverson. 

Pershing County’s grasp of the court slipped. Halverson attributes Pershing’s loss to inexperience and lack of communication.

“We did not control the momentum and made some mistakes that could have been prevented by working together as a team,” she said.

Nonetheless, Pershing County showed promise. Presley Burrows, Makenna Houston and Aledda Sam slammed the ball over the net. Burrows had 10 kills. Houston added six. Sam had 4. Daralyn Moura had six digs. Josie Crim added 10 assists. But a strong Laker defense fought back.

“We will take this as a learning experience and focus on being faster on our offense, hitting around the block and covering more of our court,” said Halverson. “We learn valuable lessons every time we step on the court against a more experienced team.”

JV girls sink Tahoe

Coach Nancy Meissener’s JV girls opened the action against Lake Tahoe. Pershing JV beat Laker JV in two sets (25-23, 25-20).

According to Meissner, Pershing County made some errors early in the game. They struggled with their serve receive.

“The good news is after a quick timeout, we improved our receive abilities,” she said. “We set the ball up often and well, cleaning up our play to win both games.”

Aimee Carpenter, Kaylen Halverson, Cheyeanne Diaz and Kaydance Happy were Pershing’s top servers with help from Senicka Happy and Isabela Rosas.

Diaz lead the attack with four kills. Aimee Carpenter and Kaydance Happy each added one kill. Senicka Happy punched in two more.

Diaz was also the top passer with support from Andrea Canchola and Senicka Happy.

Halverson had five assists. Isabela Rosas added three.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Pershing County hosts its first volleyball game at the high school.

The JV girls open against Silver Stage at 4 p.m. Varsity follows at 5 p.m. 

Next, the girls go back on the road against Yerington (Sept. 20) and Silver Stage (Sept. 27).