The Pirate volleyball team faced its first conference game last Thursday in Alamosa against the Mean Moose. Though the Pirates fought hard, Pagosa fell in five games: 25-22, 20-25, 25-17, 16-25, 4-15.
The team played well and fought the whole way through the match, something the Pirates occasionally struggle with. Against the Moose, the team showed it could brush a loss off, move past a mistake and take the game all the way.
The Pagosa offense was fierce. Senior Kelsey Sellers had five kills, senior Brooklyn DuCharme had seven kills, senior Katie Armbrecht had eight kills, and junior Gabby Pajak had a total of 10 kills.
DuCharme also served six aces, with Armbrecht right behind with seven.
Pajak led the team on defense with 33 digs.
The hard fight and the perseverance served the Lady Pirates well as they towered over the Centauri Falcons Saturday night. The Pirates took the conference match in three games: 25-16, 25-14, 25-21. Statistics for the game were not provided.
With the win, the Pirates moved to a 6-6 record prior to Tuesday’s match against the conference leader Bayfield Wolverines 11-0.
The Wolverines brought a game so neat and tight that the Pirates, with great effort, could not crack through it. Pagosa lost the match in three games: 25-21, 25-10,25-23.
Armbrecht managed five kills in the match, Pajak had seven digs and both Armbrecht and DuCharme’s served the Wolverines two aces.
Coach Connie O’Donnell indicated the 15-point loss in the second game hurt the Pirates. “We couldn’t come out of the second game,” O’Donnell said. The team could not rally in that game and couldn’t brush it off to come out on top in the deciding game of the match.
Though the fan support, thanks in large part to the rambunctious presence of the soccer team, was great and boosted the players’ spirits in game three, it was not enough to clinch the game. The Pirates kept the last game close, but in the end lost by two points.
At this point in the season, O’Donnell wants her team to work on moving past the mistakes and bad plays, and on refocusing and handling the ball well. If they can do this, O’Donnell thinks the team will have a shot at beating Kirtland Central tonight. The non-conference match will be at Kirtland Central, in New Mexico, at 6:30 p.m.