The Lady Pirate volleyball team had a tough match at home last week against the Aztec Tigers.
Going into the match hoping for a non-league win to help boost their rankings as well as their confidence, the team suffered a 1-3 loss. The Pirates now have an overall record of 9-10 and a league record of 2-3.
“We came in wanting to win and needing to win,” said Coach Connie O’Donnell, “but we had a lot of service and passing errors and had a lower kill percentage than usual.” O’Donnell explained that the low kill percentage was largely a result of the team not putting passes where they needed to be to facilitate kills.
“It was exciting to have the whole team healthy and back together, but the flow just still wasn’t there,” said the coach.
Although the loss to the Tigers was difficult, the team raised $395 in ticket sales at the pink game to donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Pirates next travel to face league opponent Monte Vista tonight at 6:30 p.m. Although Monte Vista has yet to win a league game this season, they will play hard because of the pride they have in their team and their program, explained O’Donnell. If the Pirates are able to play together and focus on flow, accurate passing and better hits, success should follow in the Monte Vista game.
“Passing well and playing a quick offense is our goal,” said the coach.
O’Donnell also discussed how the team has been working hard to serve more aggressively, but explained that, sometimes, the mis-serves that result can hurt the team more than a safe serve. The team continues to work to overcome this challenge.
The Pirates will play a non-league away game against the Ignacio Bobcats next Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. As Ignacio is a smaller school than Pagosa, a loss could hurt the Pirate’s ranking in the postseason. The team expects a competitive match against the Bobcats, who also took the Aztec Tigers to a fourth game, putting up similar scores to Pagosa’s. Still, O’Donnell is hoping the team can show up ready to win and execute the skills that will help them do so.
“We still have some work to do on being a good teammate,” said O’Donnell. Team unity and cohesion will be key in securing more regular season wins.