The Pagosa Springs Pirates varsity volleyball hit the court last weekend for a morning of scrimmages here in Pagosa.
Six teams participated in the scrimmage session, and even though no scores were kept (as per the rules of the Colorado High School Activities Assoc.), coach Connie O’Donnell said the scrimmage went well and, more importantly, the team held its own.
Going into the scrimmage, the Pirates had just selected their two team captains for the upcoming season: seniors Gabby Pajak and Ellie McGinn, both of whom, O’Donnell said, were the outstanding players during the scrimmage last Saturday.
“Gabby was a standout,” O’Donnell said. “She was on the court the whole time, and she really helped out with communication.”
Communication, O’Donnell said, is something the Pirates are always working on, especially at the beginning of the season when the team is first starting to play together as a whole.
“There was a lot of scrambling out on the court. The girls weren’t ever giving up on the ball, and we had some good, long volleys,” O’Donnell said.
While the girls’ tenacity showed on the court, there were a few areas that O’Donnell said needed to be worked on before their season opener this Thursday night against Cortez.
“Their serving is pretty rough,” O’Donnell said. In addition to working on their serves, O’Donnell says the players need to work on stepping out of their comfort zones and being more aggressive on offense.
The Pirates’ first game is today, Aug. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in Cortez. After that, the team will travel to Monte Vista for the season’s first tournament. Teams that will be competing against Pagosa are Monte Vista, Centauri, Center, Sargent and Sangre De Cristo.