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Lady Pirates struggle with hitting, lose to Prescott

BICKLETON - Bickleton's Lady Pirates needed a stronger hitting team in their match against Prescott last Saturday, but came through strong on passing and their sets were pretty good. But, the effort of the ladies just wasn't enough to beat out Prescott.

It was the second weekend defeat for Bickleton's volleyball team. They dropped three games to Sunnyside Christian on Friday 25-14, 25-14 and 25-18, but seemed to come back stronger at the Saturday match, which Prescott took 25-15, 25-22 and 25-18.

"I felt we played even better on Saturday than Friday," said Coach Tom Whitmore. "Prescott was a very good passing team and had several really good hitters. We haven't really developed a strong hitting team at this point and that probably was the difference in Saturday's game.

"We stayed in each of these games by putting together some pretty good scoring runs," said Whitmore.

"Morgan McBride and Katelynn Clinton both did a great job setting for us, but they were receiving some excellent passes to work with. Illsa Chapple was again passing very well for us throughout the match."

In game two, Bickleton played an even game throughout, leading at 21-19, and in game three battled back from a 22-13 deficit to the final score of 25-18.

"It is so exciting to see how well we can play this early in the season," said Whitmore.

"Johanna Jensen gained the most service points Saturday afternoon with 12. Although we had everyone playing this weekend, senior Chelsey Mercer has been battling illness, so we weren't quite as strong as we will be when we get back to full speed."

Whitmore said it was a tough week for the Lady Pirataes with back-to-back matches.

"But it was definitely good for us. I think we are beginning to see how much potential we have. We only have one match this week, on Friday against Klickitat at Bickleton," Coach Whitmore said.

That match will be played at 6 p.m.

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