Lady Bulldogs fall in final to Lady Pirates

Virgin Valley’s Sydney Ludvigson prepares to serve the ball during Wednesday’s match against Moapa Valley. The Lady Bulldogs lost, 3-0. Photo by Bob Snell

The Virgin Valley High volleyball team needed to beat rival Moapa Valley to keep its faint postseason playoff hopes alive.

Unfortunately, for the Lady Bulldogs, it wasn’t meant to be as the Lady Pirates swept Virgin Valley, 3-0, Wednesday night at the VVHS gymnasium.

Moapa Valley won by scores of 25-14, 25-10 and 26-24. The loss, coupled with Chaparral’s 3-2 win over Sunrise Mountain, eliminated the Lady Bulldogs from reaching postseason play.

Virgin Valley ends its season at 2-8 in Sunrise League play and 4-25 overall. Moapa Valley, meanwhile, finished 8-2 in league and 16-18 overall. The Lady Pirates will advance to the 3A Southern Regional tournament this week as the No. 2 seed from the Sunrise League.

The Lady Bulldogs started fast in game one with Jaylee Whipple’s kill and block giving VVHS a 2-0 lead. The Lady Pirates recovered and went on a 14-5 run to go up 14-17. Areli Ponce’s kill and another block by Whipple got Virgin Valley within 14-10, but Moapa Valley closed out the game with an 11-4 run.

Moapa Valley opened the second game with a 9-3 spurt. Taylor Marshall served three consecutive points to help the Lady Bulldogs cut the margin to 9-7. The Lady Pirates answered with five straight points to lead 14-7 and then finished the game out with an 11-3 run.

The third game was the best of the night. Sydney Ludvigson served the first two points for the Lady Bulldogs, Ponce and Whipple had aces and Whipple added a kill as Virgin Valley went up 7-4.

Moapa Valley countered with four straight points to regain the lead and the two sides traded the lead six different times before Nathalie Lagamayo’s block put Virgin Valley back in front 22-21.

The Lady Pirates scored two straight points, but a block by Ponce and a net return gave the Lady Bulldogs a 24-23 lead at game point.

Moapa Valley pulled even on a block and then won the game on consecutive net returns.

Ludvigson had 13 assists on the night for the Lady Bulldogs with Ponce adding seven digs and Juanita Garcia six. Maleena Felshaw, Shaylie Feltner and Ludvigson had four digs apiece.

Wednesday’s match was also Senior Night. Sage Bundy, Felshaw, Ludvigson and Whipple were all honored before the match in their final appearance for VVHS.

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