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Volleyball season ends at regional tourney

The Pagosa Pirates volleyball team had its season come to a sharp end last weekend at the regional tournament in Manitou Springs.

The Lady Pirates had a rough regular season, splitting the schedule right down the middle, 12-12 overall and 4-4 in the Intermountain League. And the energy from a win against Centauri last week did not give the team any momentum at the regional tournament.

The Pirates lost their first match to Manitou Springs in three games: 13-25, 9-25, and 17-25.

The second tournament match, against Bishop Machebeuf, turned out to be Pagosa’s last match of the season. The Pirates lost to the Buffaloes in three sets.

“We didn’t play great, and it’s hard to go out knowing that we didn’t play our best,” coach Connie O’Donnell said.

Manitou Springs, O’Donnell added, is a good team. “They (Manitou) should do pretty good next week at the state tournament,” O’Donnell predicted.

Senior Angie Gallegos had eight digs against Manitou. Junior Rose Graveson and freshman Madison Lewis each had three kills. Senior Gabby Pajak had five blocks.

Against Machebeuf, Gallegos had 16 digs. Pajak had four blocks and seven kills. Graveson had six kills.

“Overall, I’m proud of the girls, because of how much they grew this year,” O’Donnell said, continuing, “I’m proud of their character, and I’m proud of the seniors for setting the standards high for years to come.”

The seniors, O’Donnell elaborated, were excellent leaders this season. “They are truly respected by the rest of the program.”

It will be known by next week if any of this year’s Pirates will make the all-conference team or win any all-state awards.

lindsey@pagosasun.com

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