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Bickleton girls give Mustangs competitive match

TROUT LAKE - Despite half its team comprised of eighth graders, the Bickleton High School volleyball team made a good showing Tuesday evening at Trout Lake.

Granted, the Lady Pirates fell to Trout Lake by scores of 25-11, 25-17, 25-15. But what Coach Tom Whitmore saw from his girls was continued improvement, and a willingness on their part to stay competitive.

"We improved our play from Monday night's match at Mabton," said Whitmore. "Our passing was much better...very fluid at times."

At the net, Whitmore said he saw strong, although sporadic, play from his girls.

"I think that's because we're working on some new stuff. There was a little confusion at times," he said, explaining that he is refining the team's offensive attack to include more rotations from his setters and hitters.

Bickleton was hampered in part last night with the absence of sophomore Jeannette Jarvis. She hurt her knee while doing pre-match warm-ups and wasn't able to play. On the trip back from Trout Lake a stop was made at a hospital, but Whitmore said the diagnosis on Jarvis's injury wasn't readily available.

The Lady Pirates (0-7, 1-11) are scheduled to host the Lyle Cougars this Thursday night, and will travel to West Valley on Friday to take on the Rams' freshman squad.

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