Injuries hamper Pomeroy at District 9 tournament

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COLFAX — Pomeroy entered Saturday’s District 9 volleyball tournament needing two wins to earn a trip to the 1B volleyball state tournament.

Two starters. McKenzie Uto and Ally Bott, went down with injuries at Friday’s practice and could not go Saturday. Pomeroy faced St. John-Endicott short handed in a loser-out match in Saturday’s first match.

St. John-Endicott advanced with a 25-23, 25-16, and 25-13 win over the Pirates.

“We had to run a different system,” Pirate coach Bruce Crossfield said. “We had to patch it together. I was pleased with our intensity and we fought to the end.”

The Pirates took a 23-20 lead in the first set, but couldn’t finish the deal. St. John-Endicott grabbed control and went on for the win, and continued Saturday play on a march that saw it grab the district’s third berth to the state tournament.

“We were up 23-20 and couldn’t break their serve,” Crossfield said. “They (St. John-Endicott) had a couple of good hitters and they deserved it (the win and third state berth).”

Savannah Ruark had six stuff blocks and four touch blocks to lead the Pirate defense. Mackie Monahan had five kills and was 12-of-12 from the serving line.

The Pirates graduate Megan Miner, but will return the rest of the team for the 2013 campaign.

“If the girls work at it,” Crossfield said. “We’ll be better.”

Miner was a key clog and demonstrated that by shifting positions for Saturday’s finale.

“She’s normally on the back row, but we had to move her to front row because we needed her there,” Crossfield said. “She did a nice job and had a number of good sets.”

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