By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– As they wrapped up a great one-set scrimmage against Delphian, Perrydale were finding themselves shaking off the jitters of the first couple of matches of competition this season.
“I think we’re all just really nervous, it’s the first time we got to play in a while and we haven’t had much of gym time and I think we were just kind of nervous,” said Alyssa Lux. “But for the most part, every single time we touched the ball we got better and improvement is key this year.”
After their third-place finish in the Casco League after a 1-5 start to the season, the Lady Pirates return the bulk of their 2016 lineup after graduating just one senior from that squad.
And yeah, nerves were there in terms of rotations and where to go as they faced Regis to start before settling in against the Dragons in the next game as they were focusing on the rotations with the jamboree before they head to Country Christian for the 1A Season Preview.
“I think it was just hard getting back into swing of things this year, the first game was rough but we were playing a really hard team, but I think we’re where we’re needing to be for this team,” starts Isley Burns.
“But once we got our rotations done and we couldn’t stress about that anymore and then we could focus more on the game and doing better. It’s just good to get out of the way, the rotation things, but now we need to talk about communicating better and we do have some new players so this is a good practice to see how we all can work together and get to know each other playing wise.”
It seemed too, as they closed out the Western Mennitonite Jamboree against the host team, everything came together in the rotations, the communication and playing together paid off by jumping out to a 6-1 lead the evolved to 21-7 in the 25-12 win to end the Jamboree Thursday.
And with the rust and nerves coming off the wheels, they open up the season at 10am in Molalla for a three-day tournament before hosting Fall City to open league play Tuesday night at 6pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald