Pirates overcome lineup change, sweep Gar-Pal


POMEROY — Forced into a lineup changed due to a key injury, Pomeroy showed little effects as it rushed to a 25-15, 25-11, 25-12 Southeast B District Northern Division volleyball victory over Garfield-Palouse here Thursday.

The Pirates were without their season-long libero, Maddie Grimm, who suffered a knee injury during warmups prior to Tuesday’s match at Tekoa-Oakesdale. The extent of the injury is still unknown, coach Bruce Crossfield said, but he was moving forward as though Grimm would not be available for next Thursday’s district opener against DeSales in Dayton.

"We’re looking at being without her," Crossfield said. "We’ve moved (HayLee) Koller to the libero position and a couple of other kids who were spot players for us are now going to become fulltime players.

"I wouldn’t call in wholesale changes, but we have had to alter our rotation. And it’s a heckuva time to do so because volleyball is so much about familiarity."

Koller finished Thursday’s match with 14 digs to lead the Pirates in that category. Kindsey Bott was the leader at the net with nine kills, Delaney Monahan registered six blocks and Melissa Bartlow was 17-for-17 serving with four aces, and she also turned in a team-high 16 assists.

Pomeroy will take the Southern Division’s No. 2 seed into next week’s Class 2B district tournament against the third-seeded Irish from the South.

"The good thing for us right now is that we have a little practice time," Crossfield said. "As for last night, given the lineup changes and the distractions of senior night, I thought we played well and did some good things."


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