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Lady Pirates volleyball working it out

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HAMILTON – Polson’s Lady Pirates met up with tough competition last weekend in the two day South West Conference class A Tip Off tournament hosted in Hamilton.

Polson tied for second place, 7-4. 

The first day of the tournament was mental for the Lady Pirates as they came up flat as a team, according to Coach Jan Toth.

Pirates missed 22 serves on Friday, which gave huge advantages to opposing teams. 

“When you score that many points for your opponent it is difficult to win games,” Toth said of her young team. Lady Pirates only have two returning players with varsity level experience.

Despite the trying first day, Toth is looking to the brighter side of the hill and seeing great improvements in defense and serve receive — something they’ve been working on as a team since day one on the court.

Day two, the team responded with hard work and confidence. Defense once again held their ground. Offense was “swinging tough,” according to Toth, and stayed in control. 

“Overall for our first debut as a new team, I feel we had many bright spots,” Toth said.

Although the season is still in bloom, a few Lady Pirates have made quite an impression.

Junior Jaiden Toth led the team in aces, digs, and assists. She was also second in kills for the tournament. Coach Toth was also very impressed with senior Chloie Huerta’s defensive game and her passing. 

“This is her first year playing all the way around and she proved that she could do it,” Toth said.

Defensively, Lady Pirate opponents met a force with juniors Sarah Rausch and Taylor Davis’ ability to attack and close holes on the court.

Coach Toth is looking for improvement and gaining experience throughout the season.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us but I feel very confident in where we are and where we need to be,” she said.

Lady Pirates took on Thompson Falls on Tuesday and slotted the 3-2 win. On Thursday, Polson fell to Frenchtown 0-3. 

The team travels to Libby on Friday, Sept. 20, and then faces Whitefish in a home match Thursday, Sept. 26.

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