Pirate volleyball raised the heat this past week, winning two out of its three matches.
Friday’s game against Dolores was tight, but the Pirates took the upper hand in five sets: 25-21, 22-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-7.
Senior Katie Armbrecht had 13 kills and junior Gabby Pajak was right behind with 12 kills. Senior Brooklyn DuCharme served well, dishing four aces to the Bears, whose attack wasn’t quite fierce enough to take down the Pirates. Pajak had two successful solo blocks at the net. The sophomore is shaping up to be one of Pagosa’s major threats at the net.
Junior Megan Davey had 16 successful assists. Sophomore Anissa Lucero was right behind, helping with nine assists.
DuCharme and Pajak were at the top of the list with digs, showing to be major players both on offense and defense. Pajak had 27 digs, Ducharme ended the match with 24.
Coming off the win, the Pirates seemed prepped and ready for their Saturday match against the Aztec Tigers. The Pirates let the Tigers board the pirate ship, but before they had a chance to let out a mighty growl, the Lady Pirates made them walk the plank.
Armbrecht and Pajak were poised on offense. They aimed and fired, Pajak completing 12 kills; Armbrecht, 13.
Junior Angie Gallegos served three aces to the Tigers. DuCharme had two aces.
Lucero had 12 assists; Davey had eight.
Defensively, Pajak had a total of 35 digs, DuCharme contributed 30 digs. Armbrecht had three solo blocks.
The enthusiasm and confidence of Pirates, however, was not able to sustain the team to a victory against the Piedra Vista Panthers on Tuesday’s game, which they lost in three sets, 21-25, 21-25 and 14-25.
“As a team, we missed 12 serves and it killed us,” said Coach Connie O’Donnell. “Getting those serves in would have given us the win in games 1 and 2. That is something we really need to work on.”
Armbrecht, still, played strong offense and defense. She had eight kills, four aces and two solo blocks. Davey helped with nine assists. DuCharme played good defense with a total of 20 digs.
Today will be the team’s first league match, against the 0-7 Alamosa Mean Moose, at 7 p.m. in Alamosa.
The Pirates return to the home court Saturday for a match against Intermountain League rival Centauri, at 6 p.m. On Tuesday, the team takes on perennial foe Bayfield in a critical league match, at home, at 7 p.m.