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Volleyball team wins two, loses one, final league match tonight

Even the fiercest warriors one day meet their match. David beats Goliath with pebbles and a sling shot. Julius Caesar was brought down by the senate and his good friend, Brutus. Achilles, after defeating Hector, was killed by an arrow shot by the cowardly Paris.

After the Lady Pirates volleyball team soundly defeated Alamosa in three games and Centauri in four, the Bayfield Wolverines overpowered the Pirates and won in three games.

The first match took place last Thursday. The Alamosa Mean Moose came to Pagosa to try their hand at beating the Pirates; however, they didn’t get very far. The Pirates defeated the Moose in three sets: 25-23, 26-24, 25-20.

“The girls were more consistent, and I was really happy with that,” coach Connie O’Donnell said. “I felt that we played better overall without the extreme highs and lows.”

The Pirates were on the ball offensively. Senior Katie Armbrecht had eight kills; junior Gabby Pajak had five kills and senior Brooklynn DuCharme had four .

DuCharme also served up three aces.

Pajak brought her jump serve to the game, which boosted the Pirates past the Moose to take the lead in game three. Junior Megan Davey finished the match with a strong, consistent serve.

On defense, the Pirates kept their eyes on the ball and covered the floor. Junior Angie Gallegos had 18 digs, and both Pajak and DuCharme had 17 digs.

Next, the Pirates went to Centauri to take on the Falcons, and without home court advantage the Pirates won in four sets: 25-15, 25-22, 17-25, 25-13.

“This was our best played game of the season so far,” O’Donnell said. “We were very consistent and even though we dropped a game to Centauri, I felt that we really played together as a team and really supported each other.”

According to O’Donnell, Armbrecht played smart and was able to get the ball to the gaps in the opponent’s defense.

Armbrecht had 15 kills, and Pajak had 11 kills.

Gallegos, once again, proved her skills by serving up five aces.

Defensively, Ducharme had 22 digs, and Pajak had 21. As for blocking, O’Donnell said, the girls were really on their game.

Leaving from the glory of this victory, the Pirates went to face the 6-0 Bayfield Wolverines, who would turn out to be their Paris, sending them an arrow of defeat. The match was lost in three games: 25-8, 25-11, 25-16.

“We didn’t play like ourselves, and we let the fact that they are a more dominant team really get to us,” O’Donnell said. “We did not have a block, and we had very few kills.”

On the offense, Armbrecht managed three kills. For the defense, DuCharme had 16 digs.

Tonight, on their home court, the Pirates, currently in second place in the Intermountain League standings, will play their final game of the regular season against Monte Vista. The junior varsity games will start at 4 p.m.

“I hope that we can regroup for our final games of the season,” O’Donnell said. She adds that, since this is the last home match, the seniors will be honored along with their parents.

Those who will be coming out to support the Pirates are encouraged to wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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