TROUT LAKE - A young Bickleton volleyball team couldn't tuck a win away this season but, individually and as a team, they showed improvement they can take into next year's season.
The Lady Pirates started out strong in a match against Trout Lake/Glenwood this past Friday, but collapsed under a strong attack by TLG.
Bickleton's five service errors in the first game made it hard for the Lady Pirates to develop any sort of run. Trout Lake's good hitting began to wear the Pirates down, in spite of some great offense in that first game.
"But it wasn't enough to take the game," said Pirate Coach Tom Whitmore.
The first game was close, 25-20.
A slow start by the Lady Pirates in the second game gave TLG a good lead. Bickleton battled back, drew close, but TLG pulled away and took the game 20-15.
"By the third game, I felt we were struggling emotionally, although the girls kept working hard," said Whitmore. The 25-15 third game win gave TLG the match.
Katelyn Clinton had five assists and three aces for the Pirates and teammate Jeannete Jarvis made three kills.
"We made some huge improvements this year and in our last three matches we were playing very well. We will lose one senior, Chelsey Mercer, but should have the rest of the team back. It was very exciting to see the girls improve individually and as a team, "said Whitmore.