The Pirate volleyball team entertained the Bayfield Wolverines in a Homecoming match Saturday and dropped the first Intermountain League match of the season to the visitors, 3-0.
Bayfield, last year’s IML champs, defeated the Pirates 25-15, 25-11, 25-7.
The Pirates stayed with the Wolverines through the first half of the first game of the match, the teams trading points evenly. From that point, with the teams tied 15-15, it was Bayfield’s day. The visitors racked up 10 consecutive points to close out the first game.
In games two and three, the Pirates trailed and could not catch up, victims in particular of a porous serve receive and ensuing difficulties making the transition to an effective offense. On the other side of the action, the Pirate defense could not find a way to put up a block against Bayfield’s outside attack.
Brinda Wallis had four kills for the Pirates, Kala Matzdorf and Megan Bryant three each. Matzdorf served the Pirates’ only ace of the match.
Brooklyn DuCharme had eight digs against the Wolverines.
“We came out with good energy,” said Coach Andy Rice, “but we lost ten points in a row and we never recovered. Our focus right now has to be on how to get up after you’ve been knocked down.”
Things did not look easier for the Pirates as they took to the road to meet Farmington’s Piedra Vista, a Top 10-ranked New Mexico 4A program. Though the team lost 3-2, the effort was an marked step up.
The Pirates won the first game of the match, 25-22, then dropped two straight to the hosts, 25-28, 25-18.
With the match on the line, Pagosa responded with a 25-10 win, forcing the action to a 15-point fifth game. Piedra Vista won the game 15-9 to close out the evening.
Wallis again led the team in kills, with nine. Megan Bryant, making her first start at outside hitter, contributed eight kills to the total; Katie Armbrecht had five.
Kelsi Lucero worked at setter for the Pirates, taking the place of Casey Meekins, who did make the trip due to injury and illness. Lucero finished the night with 19 assists. Lucero served six aces, Sienna Stretton four. Lucero and DuCharme topped the defensive performances during the match with seven digs each. Matzdorf had six digs against Piedra Vista.
“Kelsi had an admirable performance at setter,” said Rice. “And, she played well on defense, with a couple amazing digs.”
Rice was happy with the effort at Piedra Vista, coming on the heels of the disappointing Bayfield match.
“We showed signs of life,” said the coach. “If we got behind, we wanted to show some fight, and we did. To get to that fifth game was encouraging. I think we played our best match of the year. Piedra Vista had six-foot and six-one middles and we went to a deeper rotation. Some of our younger players stepped in and our blocking improved. I was proud of the way they played.”
The Pirates (1-5) get the weekend off, then travel to Monte Vista Tuesday, Sept. 29, for an Intermountain League match.