By Jeremy McDonald
PERRYDALE, Ore.– The Lady Pirates of Perrydale seemed to be gliding towards their fifth-straight set victory Monday night at home entering the second set versus Livingstone Adventist Academy.
Willamette Valley Christian challenged Perrydale in the second set of the two squads match to start the three-team Casco League team dual. The Lady Pirates took the sweep 25-14, 25-23, 25-9.
Perrydale entered the second set against the Lady Lions riding high after their 25-3 set one victory, but Livingstone Adventist Academy took advantage of the Pirates in the second set by taking a 18-14 lead over the fifth-ranked Perrydale Volleyball squad with the Lady Pirates getting the ball back.
Nathalie Juarez, who was about to serve, admitted that there was a sense of over-relaxing on the court and even saw her play diminish a bit at this point of the set.
“I think we may have gotten competent and I was doing very bad choices with setting because I got confused of what my coach told me what to do. We could have done a lot better,” said Juarez. “I started feeling a lot better when we started working as a team again and I really wished I had a time machine and go back and play like we did the very first time the second time.”
Perrydale scored the next six points to take the lead at 20-18 before the Lions got a point back, but the Lady Pirates held onto the lead to take their fifth-set of the day 25-21. Livingstone Adventist Academy took the first point of the third set, but the host-Perrydale scored 25 of the match’s next 27 points to complete the 25-3, 25-21, 25-3 sweep to go 2-0 to start the week.
But, the Lady Pirates have by far their tough challenge of the league season since Crosshill Christian on August 30 with St. Paul on Thursday, and Perrydale is are going to need to play clean and sharp Volleyball against a Lady Buckaroo squad that finished fourth in the 2A State Playoffs in 2017.
“We just have to work as a team and come out very strong and play like we’ve never played. Play like it’s our last game because they’re a very tough team,” said Juarez.
And it could quite possibly be a match-up for the number one and number two seeds out of the Casco League come League Playoff time come October 20 at Central High School.
First serve Thursday is at 6pm.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald