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Volleyball team begins IML schedule

The Pirate volleyball team entered the Intermountain League portion of the schedule and found the going a bit rough, losing two of three matches during the week.

The series began with a 3-2 loss to Alamosa in the PSHS gym Sept. 23. The Pirates took off hot and were on the verge of sealing the victory with 25-23 and 25-22 wins in the first two games. The Mean Moose, however, came back to tie with 25-18 and 25-19 victories, then stole the match with a 15-13 win in the tiebreaker.

“We came out good in the first two games,” said Coach Connie O’Donnell. “Then, we got stuck in rotations. We fought back and almost won, but it was like we were trying to catch up to where we should have been. I can’t wait to play them again. We have a lot to prove.”

Brinda Wallis led the Pirate attack against Alamosa with 10 kills. Breezy Bryant put seven kills down, Magan Kraetsch six.

Bryant had eight assists, Wallis five. Bryant served five aces against Alamosa.

Saturday, the Pirates took on Centauri in La Jara and came away with the 3-2 win — 19-25, 25-22, 25-11, 21-25, 15-9.

Wallis had 11 kills, DuCharme, 10 and Kraetsch 7. Bryant put up 12 assists, Wallis eight.

Armbrecht served four aces, DuCharme three. DuCharme had 17 digs in the back row, Sienna Stretton 13.

“The match went to five games,” said O’Donnell, “and it shouldn’t have. We were dominant throughout, but we dropped two games. We started two young players in the first game and they played well. Brooklynn DuCharme played the match of her career and Katie Armbrecht served 25 or 26 times without a miss.”

The league-leading Bayfield Wolverines came to town Tuesday and the Pirates put them back on their heels with a 25-14 win in the first game of the match. Bayfield bounced back, however, taking game two 25-16, then sealing the victory with 25-22, 25-20 wins.

“I was proud of the girls,” said the coach. “They played better as a team — against Bayfield and Centauri. I attribute our win in the first game to our serve; we had several aces and Bayfield got stuck in their rotation, Breezy served two aces in a row and Brinda served a six-point run. Only once in the match did we get stuck in rotation; overall, our serve receive deprived Bayfield of one of the best parts of their game. Brinda Wallis had a great match, definitely stepping it up on defense.”

Wallis had 10 kills against Bayfield.

Bryant had 9 assists, Wallis 6.

Bryant served three aces against the Wolverines, Armbrecht had two.

Wallis led the way in digs, with 15. Bryant had nine digs in the match.

Armbrecht logged three solo blocks; her fellow middle blocker, Gabby Pajak, had two.

The Pirates remain on the home court tonight as they entertain the Kirtland Central Broncos. C-team action begins at 4 p.m.

Kirtland is the final non-league match for Pagosa. The team hosts IML rival Monte Vista Tuesday in the first of two meetings during the regular season. C-teams clash at 4 p.m., followed by junior varsity and varsity matches.