Photo by Lukas Eggen
Coach Denise Dickey talks with her team during the Pirates’ match on Saturday.
As of Wednesday, October 25, 2017
SALEM — Perrydale’s volleyball team will host Damascus Christian Wednesday (today) at 6 p.m. in the first round of the 1A state playoffs.
The match comes after a second-place finish in the Casco League Tournament on Saturday.
The Pirates fell to Crosshill Christian 22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 25-14, 15-6 in a tightly contested league championship match.
“I knew it was going to be a tough match,” coach Denise Dickey said. “I’m proud of the girls. They played hard and nobody wanted it more than they did, but (Crosshill Christian’s) offense is really strong and we can only defend it for so long before it starts to take over.”
The two teams shared the regular season title after finishing with identical 11-1 records in league play.
Class 1A State Volleyball
Who: Damascus Christian (17-6 overall, 10-2 The Valley 10) vs. Perrydale (22-6 overall, 11-1 Casco League).
What: Class 1A state volleyball, first round.
When: Wednesday (today), 6 p.m.
Where: Perrydale High School.
Admission: Adults, $6; students (ages 5 and up), $4.
What’s at stake: The winner advances to the second round on Saturday.
The loser is eliminated.
The teams played back-and-forth sets throughout the match, and though the Pirates lost, Dickey said she was pleased with her team’s effort.
Now, the Pirates’ attention turns toward the state playoffs.
Perrydale defeated Damascus Christian 25-17, 25-20, 25-10 on Sept. 9, but Dickey is expecting the match to be much more challenging this time around.
“We beat them in three sets earlier this season and I think mentally that will help give the girls confidence,” Dickey said. “But I’m not expecting the other team to just roll over. We know how important this game is for us, but it’s just as important for the other team as well. They’ve got to play with fire all the time.”
The Pirates enter the state tournament with a 22-6 record overall and 11-1 in league play.
Damascus Christian enters with a 17-6 mark overall and 10-2 in The Valley 10 League play.
The winner advances to the second round against a to-be-determined opponent on Saturday.
“The road is a little bit harder for us, but I gave the girls a little rest on Monday and then got them ready to play some volleyball,” Dickey said. “What’s really helped us is they’re starting to play as a team. The communication is a lot better and I think they’re ready.”