By Lindsey Bright
Coming off a win against Center, the Lady Pirates entered last Thursday’s game against the Alamosa Maroons with heads high and eyes and minds focused on winning. However, the steam from the previous win was not enough to defeat the Maroons. The Pirates lost the match in five sets: 25-20, 21-25, 25-22, 11-25 and 8-15.
“It was a frustrating loss, but we get the chance to play them again next week in Alamosa,” coach Connie O’Donnell said, adding, “They are a strong team and they are well coached. We are similar in a lot of ways, and it makes it fun to play them. Just hope to get a win next time around.”
Senior Gabby Pajak had 11 kills; senior Elle McGinn had seven kills.
Senior Megan Davey had 18 assists, and junior Anissa Lucero had 13 assists.
Senior Angie Gallegos had 29 digs, and sophomore Marissa Talamante had 22 digs.
The Pirates rebounded from their loss against Alamosa to take on Centauri last Saturday, and the Pirates secured the victory. Pagosa lost the first set and won the next three.
“I thought that we played well,” O’Donnell said.
In particular, O’Donnell said she was proud of sophomore Payton Shahan for getting aggressive and hitting the ball. “I hope that she keeps up the same aggression,” O’Donnell said.
Junior Rose Graveson played against Centauri, back after a short absence.
“It was nice to have her back.” O’Donnell said of Graveson, adding, “Although, I think that LaShae Smith, who is a freshmen, did a great job stepping in last week. It shows that we have a strong future as long as we keep working hard in practice.”
Shahan had five solo blocks; Pajak had four.
Davey had 17 assists, and Lucero had 11.
Pajak had 12 kills; Shahan and Graveson both had six.
Gallegos had 37 digs, Pajak 20.
“She had an awesome defensive game,” O’Donnell said of Gallegos.
The Pirates’ win against Centauri prepped them to face longtime rival Bayfield Wolverines in enemy territory Tuesday night. The Wolverines continued undefeated in the Intermountain League, taking the match in three sets: 13-25, 12-25,19-25.
Talamante sat out the action due to illness.
“I think that we played better than we did the first time that we played Bayfield,” O’Donnell said. Yet, the Pirates continued to struggle at the net, especially with blocking.
“We have great defenders in the back row who can pick up just about anything, but if we could add a good block to that, we would be a different team,” O’Donnell said.
Shahan led the team at the net with three blocks and seven kills.
Pajak covered the back row with 11 digs.
Tonight, the Pirates travel to Aztec to play the Tigers at 6 p.m.