SALEM — The Pirates are playoff bound.
Perrydale hosts North Clackamas Christian Wednesday (today) at 6:30 p.m. in the first round of the OSAA Class 1A State Volleyball Championships after taking second in the Casco League Tournament on Saturday.
The Pirates defeated Crosshill Christian 25-14, 25-18, 25-21 in its opening match, clinching the team’s spot at state.
“We knew Crosshill (Christian) was a really important match for us to win,” Perrydale coach Denise Dickey said. “We focused on the fundamentals and what we needed to do to beat them. I don’t think we played to our full potential during the first two times we played. We really focused on not letting down at any point during the match.”
The Pirates lost to Country Christian in straight sets in the tournament title game.
“We only had a three-hour lapse between matches,” Dickey said. “We just went out and played to the best of our ability against them. They’re a well-rounded team. There’s a reason they’re the top-ranked team in the state.”
Seniors Taylor Price and Anna McGill were named to the all-tournament team for their performances.
Perrydale now turns its attention toward North Clackamas Christian.
North Clackamas went 12-10 overall and 6-2 in Valley 10 play, placing third out of five teams.
“I know they finished third in what I feel is a pretty weak league,” Dickey said. “We beat their top team (Damascus Christian) and we’re pretty confident going into Wednesday.”
Dickey knows her team can’t let confidence turn into cockiness.
“A playoff situation can see teams play hard,” Dickey said. “They want to win. At this point, it’s about who wants it more.”
The winner advances to the second round on Saturday against a yet-to-be determined opponent.
“We’re going back to the basics to help them prepare,” Dickey said. “We’ll work on perfect passing form and perfect serving. We want to do the little things right like being in the right defensive spots, getting our serves in and communicating.”