GOLDENDALE - Bickleton's Lady Pirates came away as District runners-up this past Saturday.
The Lady Pirates began Saturday's District playoff's by squaring off against Klickitat and lost in three.
"I'm proud of my girls," said Bickleton Coach Kim Clinton. "We didn't necessarily play bad by any means," she said of the 25-10, 25-10, 25-14 loss.
"We struggled passing and they had a server, Zoe Linder, that served really well on us," said Clinton, adding, "Then when Katelynn Clinton wasn't up at the net, (Klickitat's) Samantha Brewer hit on us, to say the least."
The Lady Pirates barely had a chance to take a breather before squaring off against Trout Lake/Glenwood in a loser out match. Bickleton rebounded to win in three straight, 25-22, 25-22, 25-13.
"My girls weren't tired at this point," said Clinton.
Prior to going into the third match of the day with a trip to State on the line, the Lady Pirates were allowed a 10-minute break before squaring off once again against Klickitat, who won this match-up in three, but not without a fight from the Lady Pirates.
Klickitat won the first game 25-9, sparking the Lady Pirates' ire.
"In the second game, we gave them a run for their money and tied it up at 23-23," Clinton said.
Despite their efforts, Bickleton lost 25-23 and went on to lose the final game 25-16.
"(We) were still picking up tips, digging up the ball, still diving at the floor, still hustling," Clinton said. "We came in as second and went out as second. Klickitat is ranked third in the State. We've got nothing to hang our heads about."
For the day, Bickleton's Aymie Osborne was 28-for-30 serving. Teammate Katelynn Clinton was 19-for-21 and had 24 kills. Holly Goodnight was 28-for-31 serving.
Bickleton's Morgan McBride, Dede Kibby and Clinton were selected by league coaches for the all-opponent team and Clinton shares player of the year status with Klickitat's Kali Fargher.
Bickleton finished the season with an overall record of 14-5.