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Volleyball team takes two in a row, Alamosa next

Staff Writer 

SUN photo/Randi Pierce Madi Lewis returns the ball to the Monte Vista side of the net last Thursday as the Pirates defeat their league opponent 3-1. Anissa Lucero, front, and Brooke Kudelski look on. The team gained momentum with the win, and a win Tuesday against Center, as it prepares for an IML tilts at Alamosa tonight and Centauri tomorrow. Bayfield comes to town next Tuesday for a key IML matchup.

SUN photo/Randi Pierce
Madi Lewis returns the ball to the Monte Vista side of the net last Thursday as the Pirates defeat their league opponent 3-1. Anissa Lucero, front, and Brooke Kudelski look on. The team gained momentum with the win, and a win Tuesday against Center, as it prepares for an IML tilts at Alamosa tonight and Centauri tomorrow. Bayfield comes to town next Tuesday for a key IML matchup.

The Pirate volleyball team gained momentum this week as it won a conference homecoming match against Monte Vista last Thursday and a non-league match with Center Tuesday.

The Pirates came into the homecoming match last week having lost four in a row while Monte Vista had just lost three. Both teams came out playing scrappy and looking for a win. After losing the first set 23-25, the Pirates rallied to win the next three 25-22, 25-13, 25-19 and take the match, 3-1.

Coach Connie O’Donnell described how the Pirates played as a team rather than individuals Thursday night, and executed skills and team goals focused on at practice.

The home win was, “very exciting and gave the team a taste of how much easier it is to do things right,” said O’Donnell.

During the match, the team had 23 perfect serve receives and only two errors.

Playing with confidence built from the Monte Vista win, the team won in Center Tuesday, 25-17, 25-10 and 25-12. The Pirates’ successful passing during the match was the foundation for a quick offense that took advantage of free balls coming over the net. During the last two sets, Pirate players were serving 10- to 12-point runs.

After these two wins, the Pirates’ overall record is 8-7 and their league record is 1-1. O’Donnell said the team hopes to use the momentum and collective team mentality from these wins to, “make it four wins in a row” this coming week.

The team’s chance at a third straight win will come Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m., when they take on Alamosa, at Alamosa. With an overall record of 10-3, Alamosa does not want to lose another conference match and will come out ready to play. To beat Alamosa the team, “needs to take care of what’s going on, on our side of the net, continue playing a quick offense, and build on team confidence,” said O’Donnell.

The team will play a second away game at Centauri on Friday, Oct. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Pirates return to their home court Tuesday, Oct. 8, to face Bayfield, with a chance to avenge a league loss to the Wolverines earlier in the season. Matches begin at 4 p.m.

This story was posted on October 3, 2013.