Heading into Friday afternoon’s game against Meadows, White Pine High School volleyball head coach Kenna Almberg admitted that she was feeling a bit nervous. She had watched throughout the homecoming week as multiple of her starting athletes had gotten hurt during the various homecoming events. She pulled up several promising talents from the junior varsity squad in case the team was shorthanded in the game.
But once her team took the court her fears were quickly wiped away.
The Ladycats didn’t drop a set to the Mustangs winning their first game 25-14, 25-21 and their second 25-16, 25-16. Her players that she had been unsure about looked as though they were 100 percent, even if Debra Kingston had to play with a large knee brace on.
“I lucked out that they were all ready to play when it came to game time. And I was really impressed with how they played against a solid Meadows team,” Almberg said.
The Ladycats looked in top form for most of the four sets, often converting what would have been powerful spikes from Meadows’ varsity hitters into big blocks. Debra Kingston and her younger sister Brittney Kingston were a big part of the blocking defense for the Ladycats on Friday. Brittney finished with four blocks and four aces. In practice on Monday, the sophomore said that she can feel the momentum shift in the game after a block.
“Getting a block is so huge. It takes away the other team’s momentum just when they think they are going to get a big hit,” Brittney Kingston said.
The younger of the two Kingston sisters said that she is feeling more and more confident in her ability to make plays on the court as the season has progressed. A trend that Almberg has noticed as well.
“I just want to be able to step up into my sister’s place when she graduates,” she said.
The Ladycats will next face Agassi Prep in Las Vegas on Oct. 9.