By ALYSSA NIELSEN
WS sports reporter
DAYTON – The West Side volleyball team struggled this week, losing all three of its games. On Wednesday, the Pirates hosted Malad, a district rival, and lost the game in four matches. Then on Thursday, they went to Preston for a tri-match with Marsh Valley and Preston. The Pirates unfortunately lost both of those games in two matches.
Next week, the Pirates have two more district games. They will be traveling to Aberdeen on Wednesday and will host the Soda Springs Cardinals on Thursday.
Kennedy Bingham said, “I think we played pretty well, but we were slow moving our feet and talking to each other. We’ll pull ourselves a little bit more together for next week when we play Aberdeen and Soda.”
In the first match against Malad, the Pirates had a strong beginning. But despite multiple kills by Casey Rich and Mallory Bingham and three consecutive blocks by Rich, West Side lost the first match 15-25.
The Pirates fought hard in the second match with more kills by Bingham and Rich as well as Ally Lemmon. In addition, both Bingham and Rich had aces and Rich scored several points off of well-placed tips. They were tied with Malad at 23, but the Dragons scored the last two points, ending the match 25-23.
The Pirates felt they could come back and they dominated. More kills, sealed blocks and tricky tips gave West Side the victory 25-11. Malad fought fiercely in the fourth and won the match 25-16.
Thursday’s games failed to redeem the Pirates. West Side played slowly and struggled communicating throughout.
Marsh Valley beat the Pirates in two matches and Preston easily defeated West Side in two.
This story is sponsored by ANPAC and Franklin County Surplus Sale.
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