One match now stands between the Coleville High volleyball team and outright possession of the Western Division IV regular season championship.
Coleville (12-2 league, 17-9 overall) celebrated its homecoming and took a big step toward securing first-place on Saturday by sweeping a double header from Mineral County. The Wolves won 25-8, 25-8 and 25-10, 25-14.
The Wolves moved into sole possession of first-place, assisted by Whittell’s 3-1 win on Friday at Virginia City. Whittell, Smith Valley and Virginia City are in a virtual deadlock for second-place with three losses each.
“I thought this was as well as we’ve played as a team all year,” Coleville coach Kyle Pattison said. “We had a million distractions since this was Senior Day and homecoming, but every girl we put in to play today was on fire.”
Nicole Smith had 10 kills, Miranda Sturdivant 6 kills and 32 assists, and Aide Merito 4 aces. Freshman Reina Childs had 6 kills on 7 attempts.
“It was the most balanced offensive attack of the season,” Pattison noted. “Six different players had at least six kills.”
Coleville concludes its regular season on Friday with a 5 p.m. match at Pyramid Lake.
Though upbeat about the performance, Pattison isn’t willing to look past the Pyramid Lake match.
“If we can finish it off on Friday, that would be a tremendous feat,” he said. “There are a lot of talented teams in this league, five or six at least. And for a school our size (enrollment of 60 students), to be on top is very impressive.”
Note: The Division IV Northern Region Tournament will be played on Nov. 8-9 at Wooster High School in Reno. As the No. 1 seed, the Wolves would play the East’s No. 4 seed at 6:20 p.m. on Friday. The tournament finals are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday at Wooster. The two finalists will advance to the state tournament on Nov. 15-16 in Henderson.