GOLDENDALE - Bickleton competed against Sunnyside Christian High School and Trout Lake-Glenwood this past Saturday at District volleyball competition in Goldendale.
The Lady Pirates were defeated in both matches, but the team was proud of the efforts on the court.
"Against Sunnyside Christian, our scores were 15-25, 15-25, 15-25...we played very close until we hit 15, and then it was like we hit a wall and couldn't keep up after that," said Bickleton Coach Tom Whitmore.
He said the team had several moments of mishandling the volleyball and the Lady Knights took advantage of the opportunities provided.
Whitmore noted that Katelynn Clinton scored four points from blocks and kills during the match-up against Sunnyside Christian. "Blocking Sunnyside Christian is difficult as they have a great hitter in Andrea Schutt," he commented.
When Clinton is on the front row, according to Whitmore, Bickleton has better opportunities to transition to some good offense.
He said the match against Trout Lake-Glenwood was a tough loss. The games were closer during the match (21-25, 24-26, 22-25), but every play is critical due to the evenly matched teams.
"I missed a couple of opportunities to create some chances for scoring for our team...that affected the team's play," said Whitmore.
He added that because momentum is critical "...decisions must be made quickly and precisely."
Clinton set for most of Bickleton's eight kills during the match against Trout Lake-Glenwood, and Whitmore said he feels the freshman player gives the Lady Pirates stability.
"She is a real competitor with a great attitude and an ability to be able to read her opponents," Whitmore stated.
He said Ilsa Chapple, another player the team has been able to depend on throughout the season, played with an injured shoulder, affecting her play. "She earned her way to our league's all-opponent team," said Whitmore.
"With the bulk of our team being underclassmen, it is really encouraging to see the growth we had and the outlook we now have," he said of next year's volleyball season.
Whitmore added that the Lady Pirates will begin gearing up for the 2008 season with summer volleyball to improve upon the accomplishments achieved this past season.