The Pirate varsity volleyball team took its A-game to Monte Vista last week and showed its doppelganger, the Monte Vista Pirates, how the Pirates do it in Pagosa Springs.
Pagosa took the match in four sets: 22-25, 25-16, 25-6, 25-20.
“I thought that we played really well, and the scores were closer than the games felt,” coach Connie O’Donnell said.
After practicing the whole season on the service game, and transferring their aggressiveness from practice to the court, the Pirates pulled it off at Monte Vista.
Senior Katie Armbrecht served up a total of seven aces. Senior Brooklyn DuCharme had five aces, and sophomore Anissa Lucero served up four.
“We did a good job of serving, and I think that is what made us so strong,” O’Donnell said. “We earned a bunch of points off of serves. Anissa served most of the game in game three,” she continued. Lucero served two aces in a row, making the 25-6 set go by very quickly.
“It was such a quick game, with no rotation, that a couple of girls only played for a couple of minutes in that game,” O’Donnell said.
Although serving was the strongest point offensively, the Pirates were aggressive at the net. Junior Gabby Pajak ended the match with 12 kills; Armbrecht had eight and Ducharme had six.
The Pirates were also setting up the plays well with Lucero having eight assists and junior Megan Davey making seven.
The defense was definitely on as DuCharme had 20 digs, Pajak 15 and senior Natasha Medici 11.
“Brooklyn was picking up a lot of digs and all around played really well in the front and the back row,” O’Donnell said.
The Pirates will face the Alamosa Mean Moose today in a 6:30 p.m. varsity home game. The last time the Pirates met the Mean Moose, Pagosa lost the match in five games.
“Our middle blockers need to be quicker in transition, ignoring things that are out of our control such as questionable calls, fans and other distractions,” O’Donnell says. “The number one thing would still be to play consistently over the course of a match and to keep focus.”
If the Pirates are able to do this, they have a good shot at beating Alamosa.
It will be a busy week for Pagosa as the league season winds down. The Pirates are at Centauri Saturday, at Bayfield Tuesday and finish the regular schedule with a home match against Monte Vista next Thursday.