Wednesday, November 16, 2011
The Hood River Valley volleyball team returned from its 16-hour round-trip journey to Coos Bay for a state playoff game defeated but unbowed.
The Pirates defeated the Eagles in three games, but in the final two, the Eagles pushed Marshfield to the very end.
"We didn't lose to Marshfield; we got beat by a great team," said HRV coach Scott Walker. "I am really proud of how the girls responded and finished the year."
The Pirates rolled through HRV in the first game 25-10 and afterward Walker told his team they were playing like they didn't belong.
The Eagles turned things around in a hurry. In the second game the Eagles had three chances at game point but could not get any of them past the tough Marshfield defense.
In the third game the Eagles led until Marshfield rallied to tie the game at 18-18. The Eagles then bounced back and tied the game at 23-23, but the Pirates scored two points to win the match.
Walker said that ultimately Marshfield's height advantage made a big difference. The Pirates have five players 5-foot-9 or taller on their roster, including a pair of 6-footers. The Eagles' tallest players were listed as 5-foot-9.
"The height difference really hurt us because I think we really outplayed them in the second and third games," Walker said."
Kaili Duffy led HRV with 11 kills while Meighan Frazier added 10.
Tracy Mok had 29 assists and a pair of serving aces.