PREP VOLLEYBALL: Pirates fall to Joseph in second round of state playoffs

Alyssa Lux goes for a kill during the Pirates win over Damascus Christian on Oct. 25.

BRIAN EVANS/for the Itemizer-Observer
Alyssa Lux goes for a kill during the Pirates win over Damascus Christian on Oct. 25.

JOSEPH — Perrydale’s volleyball team saw its season come to a close on Saturday.

The Pirates lost to Joseph 25-20, 25-15, 21-25, 25-15 in the second round of the 1A state playoffs.

“It was a different atmosphere,” coach Denise Dickey said. “They had a little different style of reffing. We got called on a lot of ball handling errors with anyone who was taking the first ball and setting it. That’s something we weren’t used to seeing this side of the state. It took the first two sets to really adjust to that. We came back and won the third set, but Joseph had too much momentum.”

The mix of a nine-hour drive, shorter warmup time (13 minutes compared to 20) and increased scrutiny from the referees put players out of their comfort zones.

Add in Joseph’s talent, and the Pirates fell short.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if (Joseph) was in the finals,” Dickey said. “They didn’t have a weak spot on the court. Usually, a team has a weak place, or a weak rotation. They were well-rounded. I would say they are the best team we played this year.”

Perrydale swept Damascus Christian 25-13, 25-17, 25-14 in the first round of the state playoffs on Oct. 25.

“They came out on fire and played with a lot of confidence,” Dickey said. “They probably had one of the best matches I’ve seen them play this entire season. It seemed like the kids couldn’t do anything wrong.”

But playing in the Casco League title match, the first round of the state playoffs and traveling across the state for a second round matchup — all in the span of a week — took its toll, Dickey said.

“I think, going forward, the girls will be better mentally prepared,” Dickey said. “I think it’s more of the mental game we have to work on. We can’t underestimate any team and traveling nine hours and playing three really important matches in a week, I think the girls had a little fatigue. I think they were a little worn out before they even started playing (against Joseph).”

The Pirates finished the season with a 23-7 record overall and 11-1 mark in league play.

Though Perrydale fell short of reaching the state quarterfinals in Redmond, Dickey said the Pirates should be proud of their accomplishments -- and excited for the future with nine players returning.

“I tried to tell the girls we still had a really great season,” Dickey said. “I feel bad for the seniors because they didn’t quite make it to Redmond, but we’re right there. We are still a young team and I think the next couple years are going to be fantastic.”


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