By Jeremy McDonald
INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– Perrydale may have finished second to St. Paul in the Casco League once again, but the Pirates had put a scare on the Buckaroos in the 14-25, 21-25, 20-25 sweep of St. Paul Saturday evening at Central High School.
Perrydale had clinch a playoff bid with their 25-17, 19-25, 25-21, 25-14 win over Crosshill Christian to kick off the league playoffs Saturday morning to set up the match-up that afternoon.
The Pirates bounced back from a tough first set against the Bucks to get to within 19-18 of St. Paul during the second set. Consider this, the last time the Buckaroos lost a set in league was October 10, 2017 to Central Linn when the squad was in 2A.
That was also the last time St. Paul lost a league game.
Bailey Savage, who returned to game action Monday from an ankle injury suffered earlier this season, had the duty to slow down League Player of the Year in Isabelle Wyss as Perrydale hung around over the last two sets of the match.
“I definitely know what I need to work on moving forward for playoffs, mostly just my blocking and making sure that I’m squared up right. Just making sure that my blocks are there and I’m squared up,” said Savage. “We’ll get better, we’re working hard in practice and making sure that we will get better .”
The four-, five-point spread over the last two set serves as a good reminder that yes they can compete with St. Paul as they await the number three-team from The Valley 10 league to come to Perrydale Wednesday.
But as they head back to practice Monday into Tuesday, they’ll work on the little things from Saturday’s games to make sure they’ll close that margin if not get onto the plus side of that scoreboard.
And the main thing, said Head Coach Denise Dickey is their serving game to help set up their offense through setter Nathlie Juarez.
“We just need to clean a few things up. Service-ing a little bit cleaner so we get some offense,” said Dickey. “That’s what I’m really going to work on the next week is getting our service-ing cleaned up so we can go back and run some offense.”
Savage and Dakota Lawrence were Casco League Honorable Mention, Juarez was Second-Team All-League along with Kenzy Lawrence, Sydney Lawrence was first-team.