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Volleyball team hosts Monte Vista in homecoming match

Staff Writer

SUN photo/Mike Pierce Middle hitter Payton Shahan puts a kill across the net and to the floor during action against the Dolores Bears last week. The Pirates are looking to rebound from several losses as they take on Monte Vista in a homecoming match tonight, and travel to Center to meet the Vikings next Tuesday.

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Middle hitter Payton Shahan puts a kill across the net and to the floor during action against the Dolores Bears last week. The Pirates are looking to rebound from several losses as they take on Monte Vista in a homecoming match tonight, and travel to Center to meet the Vikings next Tuesday.

It was a tough week for the Pirate volleyball team as the squad lost two matches and fell below the .500 mark on the season.

The week’s schedule began with a 3-2 loss to the Dolores Bears on Sept. 19.

The home loss put the Pirates at 6-6 on the season and 1-2 on the home court.

Dolores took the first set of the match 25-20 and the Pirates rebounded for a 25-18 win. The third set went to the Bears 25-23, but Pagosa came back for a 25-22 victory to send the match to a fifth set, to 15. The Bears emerged victorious, 15-13.

Coach Connie O’Donnell saw things in the Dolores match that pleased her — things she believes can be developed as part of creating a winning pattern for her team.

“We actually played well in many respects,” said the coach. “We took a lot of risks and played aggressively – things you need to do regularly in order to win. This will be positive in the long run, eventually leading to our being a better team.”

The loss to the Bears, however, was a tough way to set up for the first Intermountain league match of the season, at Bayfield Tuesday, against the reigning IML champs.

The Wolverines got the best of Pagosa in three, 25-19, 25-17, 25-12, putting the Pirates a 0-1 in IML play and 6-7 on the season.

Despite the loss, O’Donnell believes her young charges, “played with more confidence. But, we weren’t as aggressive as we should be, and we were outplayed by their setter. Our serve receive was poor in the last game. Our serves weren’t as strong, either.”

The lesson from the Bayfield match is clear to the coach. “What we can learn from this match is we can compete. We know we can play with them and we are excited to see them again during the regular season.

“It’s been a rough couple weeks, to go from 6-3 to 6-7, and we need to get a few wins now.”

The first chance is the IML tilt tonight, against Monte Vista. This will be the homecoming match for the Pirates and C team action will begin at 4 p.m. Next Tuesday’s matches at Center begin at the same time.

This story was posted on September 26, 2013.