ADNA — The Pirates couldn’t ride all the momentum they had from a dominant first day at the District 4 tournament, as they ran into the Kyra Gardner buzzsaw and fell in four sets to Raymond in the semifinals, 25-15, 25-13, 22-25, 25-10, Wednesday night.
Adna just couldn’t get into a flow in the first two sets, rarely playing in system in its first really competitive match since returning from a COVID-19 hiatus.
“We couldn’t put it together,” Pirates coach Wendi Dotson said. “It was a really competitive match, but we let them get in our heads. There were good things and bad things and we’ll try to recuperate for Saturday.”
Madison Fay and Kendall Humphrey led the way with five kills a piece, and Gaby Guard and Parker Feist dished out seven and nine assists, respectively, but the Pirates just couldn’t contain the Seagull’s Gardner.
The Washington State basketball commit was everywhere for Raymond, scorching kills past Adna’s block and dominating at the net to move the Gulls into the championship game.
The Pirates, who have already secured a berth into the state tournament, will now play Wahkiakum at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Adna with a spot in the district 3rd-place game on the line. If the Pirates lose, they will fall into the 5th/6th spot, and a coin toss with determine the winner for state seeding.