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Pirates beat Monte, crucial league games ahead

The Pirate volleyball team pulled to .500 (2-2) in Intermountain League action last Thursday with a decisive 25-14, 25-16, 25-13 win over Monte Vista.

The pattern in the first two games of the match was similar: Monte Vista had the best of the early going and, at mid-game, the Pirates took control and cruised to the win. The magic number for Pagosa was 13. When the visitors put 13 points on the scoreboard, the Pirates hit the gas pedal.

The scoring pattern for Pagosa in all games was similar: few points on offense, a flurry of points gained on the serve.

Just 21 total points came off the attack for Pagosa throughout the contest. Junior middle Katie Armbrecht had one of her best nights of the season, getting seven kills in 13 attempts (with two hitting errors) for a .385 percentage.

Senior outside Brinda Wallis also had a good match. Wallis hit .400, with five kills (one error) in 10 tries. Senior outside Breezy Bryant hit .300 with four kills (one error) in 10 attempts.

Pagosa excelled at the serve line, with Monte Vista players unable to handle the onslaught. Both Bryant and Brooklynn DuCharme scored with seven aces. Bryant was seven for 16, with two errors and served for 11 points. DuCharme was seven for 22 with two errors and served 16 points. Wallis had three aces in the match.

On defense, in the back court, Gabby Pajak had seven digs, Sienna Stretton six, Wallis five and Alyssa Laydon four, including one spectacular save in the second game of the match.

At the net, the Pirates managed to thwart much of the meager Monte Vista attack. Armbrecht logged three solo blocks, Wallis two.

Following the match with Monte, the Pirates were able to return to practice for fine tuning, with no games set Saturday or Tuesday. Tonight the Pirates travel to Alamosa for another in the series of crucial, schedule-ending IML second matchups with league opponents.

Wins are critical at this point in the season, since only four of five league teams advance to the district tournament.

Tonight, the Pirates meet the Mean Moose, with C Team play starting at 4 p.m. Alamosa, which has only one league loss thus far, took the first match in the go-round 3-2, in Pagosa on Sept. 23 — a match that showed the two teams equal in ability. Pagosa stands a good chance of evening the score in Alamosa.

Saturday, Centauri comes to town for a second meeting with Pagosa. C teams begin play at 4 p.m. Pagosa beat the Falcons 3-2 in La Jara on Sept. 25.

An action-packed week ends Tuesday, as the Pirates travel to Bayfield and attempt to gain a measure of revenge against the Wolverines who took the first match on the schedule 3-0.