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Volleyball team to battle Bears, Wolverines

Staff Writer

After cruising to a win over the Sanford Indians last week, the Pirate volleyball team went on the road twice, journeying each time to Farmington, N.M. to meet a tough opponent

With losses to Farmington High School (3-1) and to Piedra Vista (4-0), the Pirates take to the court tonight, at home, sporting a 6-5 record and looking to break the two-match losing streak in a match against the Dolores Bears.

Last Thursday, the Pirates entered the Scorpions’ nest at Farmington High School to continue what has become a lasting volleyball rivalry between the two schools. This time, the Scorps had the upper hand, winning 25-13, 26-24, 25-14.

Pirate middle hitter Madi Lewis led the way on offense for Pagosa with five kills on 16 attempts. Outside hitters Megan Farrah and Brooke Kudelski each logged four kills; middle hitter Payton Shahan had two on the night.

LaShae Smith scored with two ace serves and Marissa Talamante had 10 digs in the back court on defense. Shahan recorded two solo blocks against Farmington.

While the Scorpions were tough in their home gym, Piedra Vista proved tougher yet on Tuesday as the Pirates fell to the New Mexico power 25-6, 25-17, 25-7.

There were no statistics available prior to the Wednesday SUN deadline.

Coach Connie O’Donnell attributed the two losses south of the border to a lack of confidence on the part of what is an unusually young varsity.

“Both those losses occurred because of a lack of confidence on our part,” said the coach. “We need to play and not worry about taking risks. That’s what a young team can do. If we don’t worry about taking risks and go all out, we’ll play better; it’s a mental thing with us. Physically, we can match up. Pagosa teams fifteen years ago or so were used to winning; they came out expecting to win. We need to build that attitude.”

Tonight, the Dolores Bears amble into town, with C team play beginning at 4 p.m. The Bears stand at 4-3 overall, following a 3-2 loss to Dove Creek. A strong showing against Dolores will be just what the Pirates need as they prepare for the first regular season Intermountain League tilt next Tuesday, at Bayfield.

“I’m excited about the Bayfield match,” said O’Donnell. “We had a couple bad games and we are going to learn from them. We’ll make the adjustments and, by Tuesday, we’ll be back on track and ready.”

This story was posted on September 19, 2013.