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Lady Pirates claim home victory

BICKLETON – It was a good night for the Lady Pirates as they hosted the Lyle Cougars and managed to pull out a come-from-behind win in five sets.

The Cougars started the match by taking the first two sets, 25-22, 25-15. With a loss looming, the Lady Pirates pulled themselves together to take the next three, 25-19, 25-16, 15-13.

“It was a little much for my young heart,” joked Bickleton Coach Katie Leuthauser. “It was an exciting match. (We) really had to turn around those last three sets and they did.”

The heroine of the night for Bickleton was Sydnie O’Banion, who put in a 25-for-26 performance from the service line with seven aces. The Lady Pirates won on an O’Banion ace in the final set.

Shaylee Tharp went 23-for-26 serving with four aces for the Lady Pirates. She also tallied two kills and five assists.

Leuthauser was also happy with the performance of eighth-grader Kira Harvey, who was 8-for-9 from the service line with a kill.

“She’s going to be a lot of fun to watch in the future,” noted Leuthauser.

Lady Pirate Lindsay Brown was 16-for-17 serving with nine kills and a block. Teammate Daniela Smith turned in a 10-for-12 performance from the service line with an ace and a kill.

“The girls turned it on when they had to,” said Leuthauser. “The last three matches have been considerably better than the start of the season, better than the middle of the season. Hopefully we’re on the upswing and will end the season on a high note.”

Leuthauser said she’s hoping for a big game next Tuesday, when the Lady Pirates will host Sunnyside Christian in the final league match of the season.

“Maybe being on home court will help,” said Leuthauser. “We’re going to give them a good game.”

Bickleton (4-5, 6-5) will host Kahlotus in a non-league match tomorrow, Oct. 26.

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