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Pirates defeat Monte Vista, advance to district tourney

The Pagosa Pirate volleyball team, dressed in bright pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, took no prisoners last Thursday during their match against Monte Vista.

The Pirates defeated the visitors in three games, 28-26, 25-20, 25-9. With the win in the final regular season match, the Pirates are now seated second in the Intermountain League and have a spot in the district tournament this Saturday in Gunnison.

“The girls played really well,” coach Connie O’Donnell said, adding, “and even the seniors mentioned that they should be sad about their last home game. But, instead, they are just really excited about the opportunity to play in the district tournament.”

Senior Katie Armbrecht made a total of nine kills against Monte Vista. Junior Gabby Pajak was effective on offense as well, pounding six kills of her own.

Of course, it couldn’t have been done without the 14 assists by junior Megan Davey.

On the defensive side, senior Brooklyn DuCharme made sure to cover the court with 20 digs. Pajak had 17 digs.

Now, the Pirates are looking to districts. The top two teams in the tournament advance to the regional tournament.

“We really, really want to be one of those teams,” O’Donnell said.

The Pirates will first face Buena Vista, 5-5 in league play, at 8 a.m. Next, at 10:30 a.m., the Pirates will face Aspen, 8-10 in league games. Pirates will then face Gunnison, 15-3 in league, at 2:15 p.m.

“The girls all know that they have been given an awesome opportunity and have been working really hard at practice this week,” O’Donnell said, adding, “We hope to return with good news on Saturday night.”

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