By Jeremy McDonald
PERRYDALE, Ore.– It was definitely playoff Volleyball no matter if it is 6A or 1A.
Faced with a 23-19 deficit in a fourth set in which Perrydale were one run from making it interesting in their 23-25, 25-21, 25-14, 25-23 win against North Clackamas Christian Wednesday night.
For much of the fourth set, the Pirates were right there, but a hiccup here and there halted their runs during the set. But Perrydale settled down as they began to chip away at the deficit.
“Honestly that’s where we play our best game is when we’re coming back. Something like that just gives us a good challenge,” said Sydney Lawrence.
Slowly that four-point deficit became a tied ballgame at 23 after six-foot-two Bailey Savage’s kill knotted the game up.
For a Single-A playoff game, it could rival that of even 4A, 5A with how packed Perrydale’s gym was. For how loud it was of Saint and Pirate fans as it came down to these final two points of North Clackamas’ season or to put the fifth-ranked Perrydale team on upset alert.
In a set, a match that had it rallies that seemed to go on for minutes, both sides were fatigued. You want a good match, and you got one as Lawrence’s dig save set up a Savage spike kill to get match point at 24-23.
“In a game like this where it’s win-or-die, you just got to do…you got to lay out, you got to put your body out, you got to go out for it. So that’s what I did, I tried my best and it worked out,” said Lawrence of the save.
“We were making sure all of our hits were going in,” adds Savage. “We wanted it really bad and I’m glad we took that set.”
With Mohawk next, these last two games against St. Paul and the Saints were a gauntlet of sorts, but were helpful as they advance in the 1A State Playoffs.
“Saturday really taught us that we really need to improve on what we need push harder in practice,” said Savage. “That’s what we’ve been doing, working a good two-hours in practice. Just pushing every practice. I know we know what we want and we need to work for to get to that goal.”