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Div. III volleyball: Great eight for Pershing County in title win


12:00 AM, Nov. 11, 2012 EST

Pershing County's Leah Holland gets a dig against Yerington in their Division III state championship match. / Photos by Tom Smedes/Special to the RGJ

They might have one of the smallest rosters in the state, but eight was enough for the Pershing County Mustangs volleyball team.

The Mustangs swept Yerington, 27-25, 25-11 and 25-17, on Saturday afternoon at Galena to win the Division III state championship.

It was the first volleyball championship in school history, but not the first title for this group of players, many of whom were on last year's state title-winning basketball team.

"Our team is one of the smallest rosters, but I feel we're so close as a team," senior Sarita Jo Condie said. "Being in the finals, it wasn't to prove we're good, it was just another chance for us to play together."

After a hard-fought first set, the Mustangs methodically rolled through the next two, steadily pulling away in the second, then turning a 6-1 deficit into an 11-7 lead in the third set, cruising home from there.

A kill by Condie gave Pershing County a 10-6 lead in the second set and got the Mustangs rolling, and another after Yerington had built the 6-1 lead in the third set started the 10-1 run.

"That's how my girls played pretty much the whole season," Pershing County coach Shauna Bake said. "This is the first time I've had offensive threats in all positions on the floor."

Condie said the Mustangs have gotten used to winning from their success in basketball, but she said the players are more concerned with having fun than with winning.

"Basketball helped us a lot because we're used to having pressure," she said. "But we play basically because we just like to play volleyball, so there's really no pressure to win."

Division IV

Tonopah dominated the Division IV state championship match, 25-20, 25-15 and 25-8, ending Pahranagat Valley's three-year reign as state champions.

"We beat them by so much, it's awesome," senior captain Alli Friel said.

After taking a 21-20 lead in the first set, the Muckers only trailed once more, at 1-0 in the third set, but they reeled off seven straight points.

"We've been after this for quite a few years," Tonopah coach Judi Boni said. "I wouldn't let them let up until we got to 25."

 

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