Pirate volleyball returns this year with several wins

A tough home opener loss last Friday against Churchill will not derail the team’s goals for the season: win the Midwestern League, make the state playoffs and win the first game at the state playoffs.

The Pirates came out strong with a win in the first game, 25-19. The Lancers then went on to win the next two games, 25-16 and 25-22.

Coach Tammie Montiel saw areas of improvement her team can make.

“Our serving wasn’t as good as it should’ve been, making it easier on the other team, ” Montiel said.

The Pirates came back and won the fourth game 26-24, tying the match at two games each. Churchill hung on and fought for a 15-12 win in game five and secured the match.

Despite the loss, senior setter Lauren McGowne saw positive aspects about the team’s play early in the match.

“Communication and enthusiasm were one of the strengths that we carry as a team,” McGowne said.

Senior hitter Emily Moe is also optimistic about the season and the team’s goals in spite of losing the team’s home opener.

“Oh yeah, believe in the dream,” Moe said.

The Pirates travel to North Eugene today to compete against the Highlanders.