By ANDREA MARTIN
West Side Sports writer
Three teams, 15 matches, and an extremely long bus ride later, the Lady Pirates can now call themselves state champions. They won the 2A Idaho State Championship Trophy on Saturday in Rathdrum.
The three teams that they faced up at state were Cole Valley, Butte, and Ririe. “All three teams were different in their own way. They all had their strengths and weaknesses, we were just good at finding their weakness,” senior Heather Greene said.
Throughout the season Coach O’Brien has always said that their teamwork has carried them farther than any of their talent ever could.
If it wasn’t for their dedication to each other they wouldn’t have made it this far.
“We couldn’t have done it without our amazing coaching staff. Especially Coach O’Brien. She came into this year new and took on our team like no one else could. We owe it to her,” Alyssa Povey said. Alyssa Povey really shined during the championship. With 40 kills she dominated the court whenever she was handed the chance.
Their most important game was the state championship. Junior Britani Moser said, “Going into the championship game we were really shy and nervous because we knew what we were playing for. Once we realized how we knew we could play, we finished the job and accomplished our goal.” Their defense was what really carried them through the championship. They were anticipating the ball, and doing great things with it offensively.
The team this year had quite a few seniors, which meant a lot of experience. They knew that they could use it to the best of their advantage and proved that they could. They will lose four seniors, but many of their main players will be returning next year for West Side. They have “set the standard” for the following years, Coach O’Brien said. Their District Championship against Malad was one of the major games for them. They had to play nine straight matches that night to earn the district title. Neck in neck both teams could have easily walked off the court with the district medals, but West Side proved to be worthy of the title by also walking off the court in Rathdrum with a state trophy and banner in their hands.
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