White Pine to host volleyball tournament

Senior Ashlynn Huntington sets up a ball for her teammates at a practice in WPHS’s gymnasium. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Senior Ashlynn Huntington sets up a ball for her teammates at a practice in WPHS’s gymnasium.
(Garrett Estrada photo)

Debra Kingston goes to break through a block with a spike over the net at a varsity team practice on Tuesday afternoon. (Garrett Estrada photo)

Debra Kingston goes to break through a block with a spike over the net at a varsity team practice on Tuesday afternoon.
(Garrett Estrada photo)

White Pine High School Volleyball Coach Kenna Almberg knows that her past few teams had the talent to make it to the state championships. But for the past several years, the Ladycats have failed to advance past the divisional round of the playoffs. Coming into this season, Almberg said she has a plan to get better results.

“We lacked mental toughness in the past and that made it hard to advance. This year is the year I really feel like we are going to make it to state,” Almberg said.

Luckily for the coach, the Ladycats will have their mental toughness tested on Friday as they open their 2014-2015 season playing host to a six-team tournament. The Ladycats will play four games on Friday, lining up against Wells at 11 a.m. Tonopah at noon, West Wendover at 2:30 p.m. and Battle Mountain at 7 p.m. The Ladycats will face Jackpot at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

“I’m feeling pretty confident in our team so far. Our practices have all gone well and we’ve worked a lot on speeding up our offense,” Almberg said.

The Ladycats return three seniors from last year’s team.

One big change this year is the team’s change in division. The Ladycats will now compete in the south division, same as football.

“I think it’s great. We can finish a game and then go watch football or vice versa,” Almberg said. “It allows the teams to support one another.”

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