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Lady Pirates earn spot at regional tournament

Last Thursday, against Alamosa, the Pirates lost a match in five hard-fought sets: 25-20, 23-25, 25-14, 19-25, 7-15. The team then battled back Saturday for a win over Centauri.

“We played really well,” Coach Connie O’Donnell said of the Alamosa match , adding, “I felt like we showed ourselves how much we improved.”

The Pirate loss, O’Donnell said, can be attributed in part to missed serves.

“We had a really hard time with serving,” O’Donnell said.

On the plus side of the game, O’Donnell said that sophomore Payton Shahan played a very aggressive match. O’Donnell hopes to see this level of aggressive defense as the team moves onto regionals.

The Lady Pirates hosted their last home game of the season on Saturday, against the Centauri Falcons. Pagosa won the match in four sets: 23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20.

This win against Centauri secured the Pirates a spot in the regional tournament Friday in Manitou Springs.

“The win against Centauri was a win, but it was kind of ugly,” O’Donnell said. She explained that she felt that Centauri played really well, but the Pirates didn’t.

“We couldn’t get a rhythm,” O’Donnell said.

She added that the Pirates did some good things, like getting their serving back on track.

“I felt like we just let them hang in there, instead of taking care of business,” O’Donnell said.

One problem O’Donnell said was her team was getting burned by Centauri on tips. This, she said, was the first time all season the Pirates had a problem with tips.

Now, it’s off to regionals this Friday to first play Manitou Springs at 4 p.m., then Machebeuf at 5:30 p.m.

“I really like our seeding (No. 3),” O’Donnell said. “I feel like, if we take care of us and play our game, we might surprise people.”

lindsey@pagosasun.com

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