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Perrydale’s Brooke Barnes was named to the OSAA tournament second team for her play last weekend.
November 14, 2012
REDMOND -- Entering the Class 1A state tournament, the Perrydale volleyball team -- riding a 20-match winning streak -- had every reason to think it had the potential to reach its goal: a spot in the state title match.
"I felt very ready -- in fact, surprisingly ready," Perrydale coach Brooke Klaudt said of her team and its demeanor.
Sometimes, things just aren't meant to be.
So when the Pirates faltered in their first match Friday against a team they had beaten two times already in the regular season in Portland Lutheran, 28-26, 25-10, 16-25, 25-22, it was a devastating moment, to say the least.
"I don't know where they were emotionally," Klaudt said of her squad. "But they couldn't keep themselves up."
The Pirates (24-3) fought back to take the third set over Portland Lutheran -- which went on to take fifth place in the tournament -- but a combination of controversial calls that slowed down a Pirates squad that doesn't play that way proved to be too much to handle.
"Madison (Perkins) got 28 double calls in that match," Klaudt said of her setter.
"She's been called four times this season, so the association will be hearing about that from me.
Perrydale volleyball coach Brooke Klaudt, far left, and members of the Pirates bench erupt in celebration after a point during Friday’s Class 1A state quarterfinal match against Portland Lutheran at Ridgeview High in Redmond.
"We've had four different (referee) associations not call that -- if she had been setting a double like that all season, we would have fixed it."
Ashley Griffin totaled 14 kills, Brooke Barnes had 12 kills and 16 digs and Dani Juarez had 33 digs in Friday's loss.
The Pirates attempted to regroup Friday night entering Saturday's 8 a.m. consolation semifinal against Hosanna Christian, but once again things didn't work out.
The Lions defeated Perrydale 25-15, 16-25, 25-17, 26-24 en route to their fourth-place finish.
Barnes tallied 21 kills and nine digs and Juarez had 19 digs Saturday.
"I think they had some hope -- we just weren't strong enough to finish and I think we dug ourselves into too big of a hole," Klaudt said.
The two-and-out state tournament appearance abruptly ended the prep volleyball careers of four seniors -- Barnes, Griffin, Juarez and Bryce Baucum.
Barnes was named to the all-tournament second team for her play.
Despite her squad's performance, Klaudt found plenty to be positive about in a season that included a Casco League championship.
"I think the big positive with this group is always going to be the people they are," she said.
"Even with the way we played last weekend, they're still amazing people and they're going to go a long way in life.
"It's a hard way to learn, but that's what athletics is all about. The reason why I coach is not to win state championships, it's to teach kids these things and we have to take the most out of this and that's who these kids are and what they're going to do in the future."