Having two middle blockers out right now with injuries is a bigger problem than Pahranagat Valley volleyball coach Ginger Whipple hoped it would be. “When you’re down those two girls, it throws your whole rhythm off. My girls weren’t ready to play.”
The Lady Panthers lost 25-12, 25-23, 25-17 to White Pine Tuesday night. Karley Whipple led PVHS with eight kills, eight digs and two aces.
But then again, White Pine is unbeaten on the year, 22-0, and have greatly improved since 2013.
“And they have improved even more since we played them just last month (losing 3-2 in Ely),” Whipple said. “Now their serves are tougher, our serves did not get better. Their return was better, ours were worse. It makes a big difference. If you can’t return balls, you can’t perform on offense.” Most of Pahranagat’s points seemed to come off White Pine errors.
Panther senior captain Brook Higbee said, “We’re in a tough situation right now with both of our starting middles out, but I think the main reason for the loss was we didn’t come out with very much intensity.”
Whipple said Madalyn Taylor might be ready for games this Friday at Sandy Valley, but she does not expecting Alyson Egbert back until maybe the regional playoffs Nov. 4-7.
Last week, Pahranagat Valley beat Indian Springs 25-14, 25-23, 25-10 in league play.
And because of the injuries the team has, Whipple had to put in two substitutes who had not played those particular positions before. She said, “We put in a sophomore (Gracie Carter) and freshman (Sarah Back), both who had never played middle blocker and they did a great job. They were composed. They did things I knew they could do, and they showed real consistency. I was very impressed with them.”
Tonight Pahranagat (18-6, 6-0) goes to Sandy Valley to face the Sidewinders (15-1, 5-0). The winner takes over sole possession of first place in the Division IV Southern League.