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Lady Pirates lose tourney, not pride

RICHLAND - The Lady Pirates volleyball squad showed promise at this past weekend's Tri-City Prep tournament despite ranking fourth among Sunnyside Christian, Tri-City Prep and Columbia Burbank.

Coach Katie Leuthauser says though the team finished last in the tourney, their performance shows promise for the season ahead.

Leuthauser says she's particularly excited about the team's performance against the Lady Knights of Sunnyside Christian High School. She says the team played a tough game, losing in two with scores of 25-15 and 27-25. For Bickleton, that's a close call and Leuthauser says she's excited for the match scheduled for Oct. 11, against Sunnyside Christian.

"We may have a chance (at besting Sunnyside Christian) after a few weeks of practice," she said.

At this past Saturday's tourney, Bickleton players showed gumption as they gave their all to best their opponents.

Bickleton High School junior Jamie Venema recorded 12 kills, seven blocks and three aces. Sophomore Lindsay Brown also showed a strong effort with nine kills and seven blocks. Junior Haley Goodnight also recorded eight assists and three aces. Bickleton juniors Amanda McBride recorded six assists, while Syndie Obanion notched three aces.

"We still have some rough patches to work out, but I think it's going to be a good season," Leuthauser added.

Bickleton next competes tonight (Monday) in a non-league matchup against Mabton's JV squad.

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