GENESEE - The Pomeroy Pirates volleyballers made it to the semifinals of the Genesee Pea and Lentil Spike Off Saturday before losing a closely contested match to Timberlake in three sets; 25-27, 25-21 and 9-15.
In the third and deciding set of the semifinal Timberlake managed to get off to a quick 7-1 start before the Pirates could respond. Pomeroy traded scores with Timberlake the remainder of the game and was unable to overcome its early deficit.
"We had a pretty good day," Pomeroy coach Bruce Crossfield said. "I was a little more encouraged than I was Thursday night."
The Pirates were undefeated in pool play leading into the play-off bracket, taking down Kamaiah 2-0 (25-22, 25-18); Prairie 2-1 (25-14, 10-25, 15-9); and Grangeville 2-1 (21-25, 25-18, 15-11).
Pomeroy had suffered through a bout of influenza and had several players missing for the loss to St. John-Endicott Thursday, but the bug passed and Pomeroy was much stronger.
"We seem to be past the sick the sick thing," Pomeroy coach Bruce Crossfield said. "We didn't have anybody out for illness and we played a lot better than we did last Thursday."
Delaney Monahan led the Pirates with 27 kills and 37 blocks on the night while her sister McKenzie Monahan chipped in 26 kills as well.
Haley Koller was sharp in passing and racked up 67 assists for the day. Erica Carlson powered to nine aces and 23 digs. McKenzie Uto had 20 digs as well.
Samantha Smith went 23-for-23 from the service line.
Pomeroy will travel to face the Colton Wildcats Tuesday.