Pershing County's Daralyn Moura plays libero against the Smith Valley Bulldogs during Saturday’s match in Lovelock.
Pershing County's Daralyn Moura plays libero against the Smith Valley Bulldogs during Saturday’s match in Lovelock.
The tables can turn quickly in high school volleyball.

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Pershing County girls whooped Silver Stage in four sets.

On Friday, Sept. 27, the Mustangs traveled to Silver Springs and lost to the Nighthawks 17-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-15, 8-15.

But Pershing County’s weekend had just begun. On Saturday,  the Mustangs hosted the Smith Valley Bulldogs. 

Pershing County lost the non-conference match-up in three sets 25-20, 25-8, 25-11. 

Pershing County now stands at 3-8, overall and 1-5 in the Northern 2A League.

“We had a difficult week, but played some quality volleyball,” said coach Monica Halverson.

She pinpointed a few of the Mustangs' weaknesses against Silver Stage.

“We started strong but lacked drive,” she said. “Our serving game was not as tough as it could have been, and we weren’t playing as a team.”

Nonetheless, the coach saw flashes of brilliance from the Mustangs. 

In the second set, Daralyn Moura, the senior libero, hustled so hard she dove into the bleachers twice. Aledda Sam served six points in a row to give Pershing County the three-point lead at 25-22.

“But we lost the third set on elementary errors and lack of mental toughness,” continued Halverson. “It’s hard to lose momentum when we work so hard to build it up.”

The girls came out swinging in the fourth set, determined to last five match-ups against their competitor.

Presley Burrows and Makenna Houston commanded the net. Alyssa Montes showed improvement on digs. Moura served seven points in a row to lead the team to a ten-point win (25-15).

But the last set went to Silver Stage (8-15). Again, the coach cited Pershing County’s lack of mental toughness as the culprit.

ON Saturday, Sept. 28, the Mustangs hosted the Smith Valley Bulldogs (14-4 in the 1A Central League).

The girls from Smith Valley bounded into the gym on a seven-game winning streak.

“We couldn’t outplay the Bulldogs,” said Halverson. “Smith Valley was consistent, patient and stayed strong throughout the whole play.” 

The Lady Mustangs took the loss in stride. The Bulldogs stretched their winning streak to eight games.

PCHS JV wins twice

The JV girls pulled off two wins over the weekend. They beat Silver Stage JV 25-27, 25-21 and 15-9. 

Coach Nancy Meissner attributed the win to Pershing County’s serving. Cheyeanne Diaz led with 13 serving points, two aces. She and Kaydance Happy were the top attackers with four kills each.

On Saturday, the JV defeated Smith Valley in two sets 25-20, 25-22. Kaylen Halverson and Diaz were the top servers. Halverson punched in 9 serving points. Diaz added seven. Kaydance Happy and Diaz were the top attackers with three kills each.

The volleyball team hosts Battle Mountain for their homecoming match on Thursday.  The JV opens the action at 4 p.m. and the varsity follows at 5 p.m. 

On Saturday, Oct. 5, Pershing County  greets Incline. JV opens at 11 a.m. Varsity plays at noon.

Saturday’s game will feature the Dig Pink Fundraiser.

The Mustangs will host a silent auction and sell baked goods and caramel apples to raise money towards finding a cure for breast cancer.

At about 2 p.m., the PCHS volleyball alums will take over the gym. They’ll challenge both the JV and varsity players.