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Pirates and Falcons to clash in key IML match

The Pirate volleyball team’s Intermountain League record fell to 0-2 with a hard-fought 3-2 loss to Monte Vista on the opponent’s home court.

Monte took the first game of the match 25-16.

The Pirates rebounded in the second game, getting a decisive 25-15 win, then moved to the edge of a match victory with a 26-24 win in game three.

Monte, however, gained some momentum with a 25-14 win to take the match to a deciding fifth game, which the home team won 15-10.

Junior Brinda Wallis had nine kills for Pagosa; Katie Armbrecht had seven, Megan Bryant six.

“Katie Armbrecht was a standout,” said Coach Andy Rice. “She’s a sophomore, and she led us in hitting efficiency.” Armbrecht’s seven kills came on 16 attempts.

Setter Casey Meekins contributed 29 assists in the five games, while serving four aces. Breezy Bryant also hit four aces.

Wallis and Brooklyn DuCharme each had 10 digs on defense. Kala Matzdorf nailed three solo blocks, Magan Kraetsch two.

“We are not mounting an efficient attack,” said Rice. “We had more errors than kills, and we can’t win that way. On the plus side, our back row players passed well, and we’re learning to fight. We’re not quitting. We came back after that first game and punched our way to two wins. But, in game five, they swung harder than we did.”

The Pirates take to the road again tonight, travelling to Kirtland Central in New Mexico for a match with the Broncos.

Then, it’s back to the home court Friday for an all-important clash with the Centauri Falcons. Neither team has an Intermountain League victory at this midway point in the league season and a victory is critical to each. The action begins with C team play at 3 p.m.

“We’re not going to look past anyone,” said Rice.