Pomeroy volleyball 3rd at state

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YAKIMA — Pomeroy ended its 2013 volleyball season in exciting fashion here Saturday night with a third-place finish in the Class 1B state championships in the SunDome.

The Pirates upended Mount Vernon Christian, 22-25, 25-14, 25-15, 19-25, 17-15 to earn their third-place standing and finish 2013 with a 21-7 record.

Mackenzie Monahan had 15 kills, 15 digs, seven blocks, and served 20-for-20 in the victory. Savannah Ruark contributed 14 kills and four blocks, Ally Bott had eight kills, Ireland Mayfield had 33 assists, Casey Halbert had three aces and 14 digs, Emma Woodland was 16-of-17 serving with three aces, and McKenzie Uto added nine digs and served 22-for-22 with four aces for Pomeroy.

The Pirates opened play on Saturday with a 3-1 semifinal loss to Christian Faith, 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21.

Monahan had nine kills, six aces, and five blocks, Ruark had eight blocks, and Halbert had 12 digs for Pomeroy.

“A couple of tough things happened to us in the first set, but we got the next two,” Pomeroy coach Bruce Crossfield said about the Mount Vernon Christian victory. “We showed a lot of grit and fortitude.

“When you lose at the state level, it’s always tough,” Crossfield said. “We had only two hours to regroup (after the Christian Faith loss), but we showed the heart of a champion.”

The Pirates commenced tournament play on Friday morning with a sweep of Klickitat, 25-10, 25-16, 25-17, and earned a berth in the semifinals with a four-game triumph over Wilbur-Creston,25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 26-24 on Friday night.

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