Lady Pirates beat Bears, fall to Wolverines

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The Pagosa Springs High School volleyball team split a pair of shutouts over the last week — defeating the 2A Dolores Bears 3-0 Sept. 25 and falling to the Bayfield Wolverines 3-0 Sept. 30.

The Pirates defeated the Bears in three sets last Thursday (25-22, 25-14, 25-12) for a 3-0 win on the day, despite having a different rotation than normal.

“We played Dolores last Thursday night. We had to make some adjustments because we were missing outside hitter Megan Farrah. The team really showed that they could take care of business even when we were in a different rotation,” coach Connie O’Donnell wrote in an email to SUN staff.

In the match, Brooke Kudelski chalked up 11 kills, while Miah Pitcher followed with eight and Morgan Lewis notched six. Three other Pirates added four kills to bring the team total to 29.

In addition to her eight kills, Pitcher added two blocks, nine digs and one assist, with O’Donnell writing, “Miah Pitcher has really stepped up and had to play some different positions on the team this year. You can’t just ask anybody to do that. Miah is very adaptable, has a positive attitude and is really a team player. She is a very valued asset to our team.”

Morgan Schaaf notched two aces on the day, while Kudelski and Shaylah Lucero each added one.

The team notched eight total blocks, with three coming from Schaaf.

Of the team’s 37 digs, Pitcher contributed nine, while Remy Oney also chalked up nine, Kudelski added eight, Lucero notched four, and two other Pirates combined to have three.

LaShae Smith logged 23 of the team’s 25 assists in the victory.

The team, however, fell short of extending its winning streak to six games Tuesday night with a loss to the league-leading Wolverines.

The Pirates lost to the Wolverines in three (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) at home Tuesday night.

In the game, the team had three blocks and 44 digs — 12 of which came from Megan Farrah in her return, with Kudelski adding nine, Lucero adding eight, Oney chalking up seven and several other Pirates logging digs.

“I think that we played great defense,” O’Donnell wrote. “ We got a lot of touches on balls and even more blocks on balls that slowed the ball down for our defense. Our serving was also outstanding. We got more ace serves than usual and I think that we only missed one serve the entire match. That is awesome.”

The team logged five aces in the game, with four coming from Farrah. Smith notched the fifth.

“However, I don’t think that we made great choices on offense,” the coach continued. “We were not aggressive at all when it came to attacking the ball. I wish that we could have been a bit more confident in our ability to put the ball down on the other side.”

The team finished the night with 16 kills, with seven coming from Farrah, four from Schaaf, three from Kudelski and one each from Pitcher and Faith Ahlhardt.

With the loss, the Pirates are now 10-5 overall on the season and 2-1 in the league.

The 2-1 league marks lands them second to Bayfield, who is 3-0 in league and 11-2 overall.

Tonight, Pagosa travels to Monte Vista for a league matchup. Monte Vista is 0-3 in league play, putting them in last place.

Next Tuesday, Oct. 7, the team heads to Aztec for a nonconference matchup against the Tigers.