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Lady Pirate spikers take first game against Goldendale

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School varsity volleyball squad is making strides. For the second consecutive match, the Lady Pirates claimed a single game victory against their opponent.

Tuesday evening, Bickleton's varsity won the opening contest of a four-game match, 27-25, against Goldendale's 'C' squad.

The Timberwolves bounced back to win three straight games, though, prevailing by 25-12, 25-15, 25-12 scores.

The four-game loss dropped Bickleton's season record to 0-5, however Lady Pirate Coach Tom Whitmore indicated his team is making gains as the season progresses.

"We had a great match against Goldendale's 'C' squad last night," Whitmore said. "We are showing a lot of improvement with our passing, and now our serving is coming into play."

Passing and setting-wise, senior Kirstin Slater was the spark for the Lady Pirates Tuesday evening.

"She (Kirstin) is showing excellent presence on the court, anticipating where the ball is going and being ready to play it back," said Whitmore. "Our focus has been very much on our passing and we are seeing a lot of growth since the beginning of the season."

The Bickleton coach also praised the serving of senior Doni Franklin, sophomore Ilsa Chapple and eighth grader Jessica Cummings. Whitmore said that trio is gaining confidence from the service line, "...and are being rewarded by getting some service aces, which is adding a new dimension to our game."

Whitmore, too, praised the floor play of eighth graders Holly Goodnight and Johanna Jensen.

Sophomore Jeannette Jarvis had several key kills last night for the Lady Pirates, mainly off the sets of Slater.

"Everyone is getting involved in the game and as each player broadens their game to include all the skills of the game, we are going to see some great volleyball as the season progresses," said Whitmore.

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