The Pirate volleyball team entertained Class 5A Durango Sept. 10 and dropped the three-game match to the Demons, 19-25, 18-25, 15-25.
Brinda Wallis led the way on offense for Pagosa, with four kills. Kala Matzdorf and Breezy Bryant each had three kills.
Matzdorf served three aces against the Demons, Casey Meekins had two.
Meekins put up 13 assists during the match.
Wallis and Kelsi Lucero each logged five digs on defense, Breezy Bryant had four.
Despite the loss, the Pirates made one step forward that Coach Andy Rice had demanded: they picked up the intensity.
“We came out with better spirit and energy,” he said. “Everyone was pumped up and ready to play. We contained their middles pretty well, but we struggled with their outsides. They were able to hit over us at times.
“Our passing is better this year,” he continued,” but our ball control and skills were not at our best. We need to find a way to put the ball down from outside and we need to find a way to get the ball to Kala a little more. We need to rediscover the rhythm that existed between her and Casey this summer.”
The Pirates broke into the win column Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over the Farmington Scorpions, at Farmington.
Pagosa nailed the sweep 25-15, 25-22, 25-15. The second game of the match was notable. The Pirates fell behind 8-1, then clawed their way back into contention and went on to the win. “We were down in that second game,” said Rice. “We were real pleased with the way we recovered.”
Wallis again topped the stats on offense, with seven kills. Matzdorf and Megan Bryant each had three kills. Meekins delivered 13 assists.
The Pirates scored well at the serve. Breezy Bryant served five aces, Meekins four and Matzdorf three. Service errors, though, cost the Pirates. Seven of Farmington’s 15 points in the first game came off Pirate serve mistakes.
On defense, Breezy Bryant had six digs, Brooklyn DuCharme five and Wallis three. Magan Kraetsch had two stuff blocks against the Scorpions
“We needed the win,” said Rice. “The second game was a real highlight and in the third game I sat some starters and played some of our swing players. Everyone contributed. Brinda had our best hitting performance of the season. She had no errors and hit seven kills in 11 attempts.”
The momentum from the Farmington win could be critical, since the first truly important match of the season will take place Saturday when Intermountain League rival and reigning league champ Bayfield comes to town.
Saturday is the PSHS Homecoming and matches against the Wolverines begin with C Team action at 1 p.m.
Then, it’s back on the road for the Pirates, for a game against 5A Piedra Vista Tuesday, in Farmington.