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Lady Pirates nipped by Koyotes

GIRLS PREP VOLLEYBALL

BICKLETON – The Kahlotus Koyotes got the best of the Bickleton Lady Pirates this past Saturday in a non-league match, but it took five long sets to determine the winner.

“It was like we expended all our energy on the first 15 points of the game,” said Bickleton Coach Katie Leuthauser. “It was a long, low-energy match after that.”

The quick start helped the Lady Pirates volleyball team to a win in the first set, 26-24. But Kahlotus came back to even up the match by winning the second set, 25-14.

“We started off pretty good... then I don’t know what happened,” said Leuthauser. “It was like the girls hit a wall and had no more energy.”

Despite the low energy, the Lady Pirates pulled out a win in the third set, 25-17, and seemed poised to take the match in the fourth set. But the Koyotes held on and again evened up the match by winning 25-23. Kahlotus finished off the match with a win in the final set, 15-7.

The victory avenged a 3-2 loss Kahlotus sustained to Bickleton on Oct. 12.

In last Saturday’s match, Leuthauser said Lindsay Brown played well at the net. “She made some great kills.”

Brown racked up 12 kills in the match and was 18-for-22 serving. Lady Pirate Shaylee Tharp also had a good day, going 19-for-20 from the service line with four aces, four kills and 10 assists.

Senior Sydnie O’Banion added another five kills while going 13-for-17 serving.

Leuthauser said ninth-grader Katrina Cardenas also had an excellent match, going 10-for-10 from the service line with four assists.

“She’s stepping up and coming into the setting position,” said Leuthauser. “She had a good game.”

Leuthauser said the teams were evenly matched.

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