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Hornets go down to the wire with Lund

The Lady Hornets have shown in the past that they are a spunky and scrappy team. If there was a street version of high school volleyball, they would be the Division IV champions for sure.

The Hornets improved their record to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league. Watch out Tonopah here comes the Hornets. The Muckers have shown some signs of weakness finishing only third in their Harvey Gonzalez Memorial Tournament.

This Friday the Hornets will meet Quest Academy, who is new to the league. The Hornets have a chance of going 3-0. Quest lost to Adelson School 3-0 and the Hornets defeated the Lund Mustangs last Friday, 3-2 through five games. The scores were 25-20, 18-25, 22-25, 25-22, and 15-11. Lund is usually better than Adelson, but only time will tell.

Hornets Coach Dale Lerbakken said his girls will be working on their serves. “Being the first home game of the season the girls were a little overanxious, hitting the ball too hard on their hits and serves — especially serves. We gave up a ton of serves which allowed Lund into the games,” Lerbakken said.

He said his team finally got back on track in the fourth game. “We were behind 15-9 at one point. A time out, and plea from me to reach deep within to finish off the Mustangs seemed to work for a change,” he said.

Girls who stood out were Maggie Cathcart, Denise Gonzales, Claudia Granados, Anel Gamboa and Alexia Gil. “Our defense was mostly acceptable, except for failure to move their feet at key points, but we are really working on that this week,” Lerbakken said.

The Hornets played Big Pine, Calif. on Sept. 5, beating them 25-15, 25-18, and 25-15.

Tonight the Hornets play Quest Academy in league action that starts at 6 p.m.

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Tonopah is swept by Sierra Lutheran. Sometimes things just don’t work out, and last Friday was one of those days. The Lady Muckers traveled to Carson City to play against Sierra Lutheran and it did not go as expected in non-conference action last Friday. The Muckers lost 3-0.

The Muckers are 2-3 overall with no league games played. The team starts its season against Division IV powerhouse, the Pahranagat Valley Panthers, on Friday at Alamo at 4 p.m.

Muckers Coach Chuck Fox is well aware that the moment of the truth has arrived. “It’s the first league game of the year, and it starts now. Everything else was just a warm-up. Now we are playing for a slot at state,” he said. The Lady Muckers coach is optimistic of his team’s chances to beat their next opponent. “Alamo has a good solid program, but it comes down to who is ready to win and who wants it more. I think the Lady Muckers want it,” he continued.

Fox feels it’s better to play Alamo now. “I think it is great we are meeting Alamo this early in the season. It seems that in the past years, we would play Alamo and the next week we would be playing them again in the playoffs. So playing them this early in the season is good for everyone,” he explained.

Pahrump Valley was swept by Spring Valley on Tuesday, 3-0 and played Western on Thursday, which was too late to report. The Lady Trojans fall to 4-6 overall and 0-2 in league. The game scores were as follows: 25-17, 25-18 and 25-19.

Round Mountain Knights continue to sputter. They lost to Sandy Valley last week 3-0. The Knights are 0-3 overall and 0-1 in league play.

Alba Amoros contributed to this story.

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