Pirates roll in straight sets


POMEROY — The Pomeroy volleyball team prepared for the Southeast 2B conference playoffs with a smooth three-set win against Rosalia Tuesday.

The Pirates (18-6 overall, 6-1 in Southeast 2B play) locked up the No. 2 seed in the league playoffs, but took care of business against the Spartans, 25-12, 25-11, 25-20. Pomeroy celebrated its upper classmen on senior night, as one of them — Mackenzie Monahan — led the Pirates with 10 kills and four digs. Savannah Ruark also bolstered the Pomeroy attack with eight kills and four blocks.

“(Monahan) and Savannah Ruark have been our kill leaders most every match,” Pomeroy head coach Bruce Crossfield said. “She had a good match.”

Crossfield said the Pirates missed a number of serves in the final set, which left the score closer than the opening sets. But Pomeroy was able to navigate its third set miscues to finish the regular season with a win.

“We honored our seniors after the match, which can also kind of be an emotional thing,” Crossfield said. “This is a special group of seniors. We’ve got two — Monahan and McKenzie Uto — that were on varsity as freshmen. Then the other girls have played different positions for us. They’ve been willing to sacrifice individually for the sake of what we thought was best for team.”

Ireland Mayfield led the Pirates with 21 assists and Kacey Halbert finished with a team-high six aces. Uto and Emma Woodland finished with four digs each.

Pomeroy opens the Southeast 2B conference playoffs Wednesday.


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