POMEROY - Influenza was not kind to the Pomeroy Pirates Thursday.
The Pirates had several players missing from their match with St. John-Endicott thanks to the virus and lost in three - 25-19, 25-20 and 25-22.
"We had some kids not feeling well and we didn't play well," Pomeroy coach Bruce Crossfield said. "Once we get healthy and get everyone back, we've proved that we can be a competitive team.
"I was pleased with our girls, they tried hard but we didn't have the horses," he said. "We had chances in each of them and we hung with them but they out scored us by a couple."
One of the players missing was starting setter Haylee Koller.
The Pirates were led by Delaney Monahan with eight blocks and McKenzie Monahan who went 22-for-22 in service.
Crossfield noted that several other teams that had competed in the Border Battle tournament Pomeroy hosted Saturday reported sick players as well.
The loss dropped Pomeroy to .500 at 3-3.
The Pirates will travel to the Genesee Pea and Lentil Spike Off Saturday.
"I kind of wish we were healthier, but it will be good for us," Crossfield said. "It will be a chance for the kids who are there to play. We're still looking for things, so this will be another opportunity."