TROUT LAKE - In a tough match last Friday against Trout Lake-Glenwood, the Lady Pirate volleyball squad came away with a 3-2 loss on the night.
But the visiting Bickleton Lady Pirates gave it their all, winning the first game 25-19. Trout Lake responded with a 25-14 win in the second, and Bickleton saved the night and kept themselves in the running to win the match by a 25-22 win in the third game.
Trout Lake came back again, winning the fourth game with a 25-13 final score.
With four of the five games played, Bickleton and Trout Lake were tied 2-2. It was anyone's match, but eventually Trout Lake overcame the Lady Pirates 15-13 in the fifth and final game of the match.
"It was a tough-fought loss for us," said Bickleton Coach Katie Leuthauser. "It was a fun game to watch, it made me feel like my nerves were shot and I'm too young for that."
Serving unreturnable spikes for Bickleton were Jamie Venema with seven, and Lindsay Brown with two. Venema also went 4-for-6 at the service line. Brown stepped into action and provided three blocks for her team.
Other bright spots on the night were Annie Lindsley's 5-for-8 service record along with three assists each provided by Haley Goodnight and Amanda McBride.
Leuthauser says when the team goes for a rematch against Trout Lake, they will be on Bickleton turf, and she hopes that will give the Lady Pirates the edge to win.
"Next time, we'll be ready for them," she added.
The Lady Pirates, with a league record of 1-1, (2-1 overall), next compete tomorrow, Tuesday, against visiting Lyle.