Alyssa Montes dives for the ball.
Alyssa Montes dives for the ball.
The Pershing County volleyball team hosted three league games this week. Along the way, they bid farewell to four seniors and earned a spot in the playoffs.

On Wednesday, Pershing County beat Coral Academy 25-16, 25-15, 25-13.

On Friday, White Pine flummoxed Lovelock 25-18, 21-25, 20-25, 20-25. 

The week ended on Saturday with a Mustang win against West Wendover 25-17, 25-16, 25-16, securing a Lovelock’s playoff berth.

Pershing County ended the regular season at 17-5 overall, and 9-7 in the 2A Northern League.

PCHS knocks off

Coral Academy

“We made some great things happen by playing as a team,” said coach Monica Halverson about Pershing County’s win against the Reno girls. CASR is just getting their feet wet. Although they’ve yet to win a game, the Falcons impress the 2A Northern with their fighting spirit.

“Coral girls are always nice, polite and competitive,” said Halverson.

Three Pershing County sophomores led the attack. Presley Burrows had four kills. Alayna Godinez added three. Aledda Sam contributed two.

Pershing County’s diggers twisted and dived when necessary. Senior Daralyn Moura, the libero, had six digs. Her fellow senior, Makenna Houston, added four. Josie Crim, Burrows and Kaelyn Castro each contributed three. Crim also had four assists.

White Pine hammers 

the Mustangs

The girls from Ely rolled into Lovelock on Friday. Initially, the Mustangs took the upper hand, winning the first set. But the Ladycats clawed their way back in the game. 

“My team has a hard time closing the gap once we’re trailing,” said the coach. 

White Pine found the holes in Pershing County’s offense. Soon, Ely was scoring quick and easy points off the Mustangs. The Ladycats grabbed the win in the fourth set.

Nonetheless, the competition energized Pershing. Burrows had nine kills, two ace serves, three digs and two blocks. Houston had an ace, three digs and a kill. Sam had two kills.

Daralyn Moura racked up 17 digs. Alyssa Montes added four. Crim had 10 assists.

Mustangs drop 

the Wolverines

The final game of the week was pivotal. The winner would qualify for regional playoffs. Each team fought their hardest. Buoyed by the senior night atmosphere, Pershing County  dominated West Wendover from the first serve.

Burrows led the attack with ten kills and seven digs. Moura punched in 11 digs. Castro added a block. Montes racked up an assist and two digs. Houston sealed the win with two digs and two kills.

Moura, Houston, Montes and Castro graduate this spring. They were determined to win the last home volleyball game of their high school years. Family and friends joined them on the court with flowers, hugs and a few tears.

Mustangs headed to 

Yerington for regionals

With the win against Wendover, Pershing enters the playoffs as fifth seed. On Friday, they’ll play North Tahoe in the Yerington High School gym at 6:45 p.m.

Four JV players join the varsity girls to fill out the bench. Aimee Carpenter, a junior, has improved her all-around hitting game during the season. Senicka Happy, also a junior, will pitch in as a defensive specialist. Freshman Kaydance Happy will work in the middle.  Kaylen Halverson, also a freshman, will back Josie Crim, the varsity setter, as needed.

The Mustangs beat North Tahoe earlier in the season, shocking the Laker defense with huge hits. No doubt, the Lakers will remember Burrows and her 22 kills. Moura served five points in a row to keep the momentum on Pershing County’s side of the court.

“I am confident that we can come out victorious,” said Halverson. “Everything we do in practice this week will prep us for these playoff games.”

JV volleyball wraps up season

On Wednesday, the JV volleyball team beat Coral Academy in two sets 25-16, 25-21. On Friday, the Mustangs lost to White Pine JV 25-17, 27-25. On Saturday Pershing County defeated West Wendover JV 23-25, 25-19, 15-6.

“I was proud of the girls this season,” said Coach Nancy Meissner. “They rose to every challenge and accomplished many of their goals.”