Owyhee Volleyball 2017 1A state semifinal

The Owyhee volleyball team gathers during the 1A state semifinal round against Tonopah on Friday at Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas. The Lady Braves booked a return to the state championship with a straight-set win over the Lady Muckers. Owyhee will face a rematch in the state final, taking on Pahranagat Valley for all the marbles at noon Saturday in Gym 1 at Faith Lutheran High School.

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LAS VEGAS – Just like it should be; No. 1 versus No. 1 – the second-consecutive installment of the 1A state volleyball match.

For the past two seasons and the third matchup in the past three state tournaments, the Owyhee Lady Braves will take on the Lady Panthers of Pahranagat Valley.

Pahranagat Valley defeated Owyhee in the 2016 state championship, each advancing to the 2017 state final once again with straight-set wins Friday in the state semifinal round.

The Lady Braves easily took down South No. 2 Tonopah in three straight sets, beating the Lady Muckers by wide margins of 25-6 and 25-5 in the first two frames – closing the show and booking a return to the state championship with a 25-15 victory in the third set.

Reigning 1A North MVP and senior Sky Pete led the Lady Braves with 31 assists, adding two kills.

Senior Rachel Gallego tallied a team-best nine kills, coming up with four digs.

Junior Macee McKinney paced the defense at the net with a team-high three blocks, finishing with eight kills – matching the number of putaways from Gabriella Barr, who added four digs defensively.

Junior Cree-Lynn Raining Bird sparked the offense from beyond the end line, firing a team-high five aces and adding five putaways.

Junior Destiny Max closed the match with nine receptions for the Lady Braves.

The Lady Panthers beat North No. 2 Virginia City by scores of 25-16, 25-18 and 25-13 in the other semifinal – staging the championship rematch.

Pahranagat Valley has swept Owyhee in each of the last two seasons at the state tourney, defeating the Lady Braves in three sets in the 2015 semifinal and taking down Owyhee in straight sets once again last season for all the marbles.

The 2017 Division 1A Nevada State Volleyball Championship will come to a close with the state final match at noon Saturday in Gym 1 at Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas.

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