CLARKSTON – The Pomeroy volleyball team clinched the Southeast 2B district title with a five-set win against Tekoa-Oakesdale here Saturday.
After dropping the first set 26-24, the Pirates responded with a commanding 25-5 win in the second set. Pomeroy then won the third set 25-18, before dropping the fourth set 25-19.
But the Pirates clinched the match 15-3 in the fifth set behind some solid serving.
“The first game was a close loss and I don’t know what happened in the second game,” Pomeroy head coach Bruce Crossfield said. “We gave them a lot of trouble with our serving. They were kind of flat-footed and we got on a roll. When they did get one back over we just put it back down.
“The third game was more like a normal game,” he continued. “They got the fourth game and then in the fifth game our serving gave them a lot of trouble.”
Pomeroy spread its statistics evenly between the team, as Mackenzie Monahan led the way with nine kills, six aces and six digs. Ally Bott added six kills and six digs and Savannah Ruark came up with seven kills and three blocks.
Crossfield said Pomeroy’s versatile front court gave the Nighthawks trouble.
“I think it makes it hard for the other team when it comes to blocking because we spread the ball around the net,” Crossfield said. “It’s hard to know who to key on. There’s a couple players they kind of ignored.”
Toni Cloud and Emma Woodland went a combined 22-for-22 serving and Kacey Halbert finished with a team-high seven aces.
The Pirates’ serving played a crucial role in the victory, Crossfield said.
“Especially in sets two and five, we just gave them a lot of problems,” Crossfield said. “I think that’s the thing we’ve improved on the most from last year basically with the same kids. We kept them off balance.”
Pomeroy’s first opponent in the state tournament will be determined by a draw today.
Regardless, Crossfield said the Pirates will be hard at work during the upcoming week to prepare for the state tourney.
“It’s a new season,” Crossfield said. “We’re excited. It’s been two years since we’ve been in the state tournament. We have two seniors that were on the team as freshmen and they did a great job of leading the team. They know what it’s like to be at the state tournament and they’re excited to get back.”