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Loss at district ends volleyball season

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Lady Pirate volleyball team’s season came to an end Oct. 25 with a tough loss in the district semifinals.

Platte County fell to the number one seeded St. Teresa’s squad.

The Lady Pirates soundly defeated Smithville in the first round of district play on Oct. 23, by scores of 15-6, 15-1.

“Smithville had trouble with our serves and never really mounted an attack,” said head coach Kathy Hatfield. “We played well as a team.”

Senior Megan Nichols and junior Tara Porter had eight points apiece, and senior Julie Cook contributed seven of her own.

Nichols led in spikes with nine good, and she had two kills, and two ace dinks. Sophomore Brea Schockey led the team in kills with five on seven good spikes. Schockey also had two ace blocks.

Senior Erin McPherson 6 good spikes and led with 12 settable passes. Porter had eight assists to her teammates.

Cook’s seven straight points in game two, led to a quick victory for the Pirates.

Two days after the victory over Smithville, the Pirates fell to St. Teresa’s to conclude their season.

“They had defeated us earlier in the season and we knew they had some powerful hitters,” Hatfield said. “Again their frontline proved to be too tough for us, but we did give them a challenge in game two.”

Platte County had a strong serving night despite their tough loses. The Pirates had 40 good serves compared to only 1 bad serve.

Platte County also had a combined total of 6 ace blocks and 14 total blocks, but still this was not enough to overcome St. Teresa’s.

Nichols led the team with 11 good spikes, and 4 ace spikes. McPherson followed with seven spikes, and they were followed by Schockey and junior Cassie Philipi who had five each.

McPherson led with 15 settable passes. Porter had 8 assists and 32 good sets.

Nichols and junior Amanda Cole combined for four saves.

“It was disappointing to end the season, but we played well and were defeated by a good team,” said Hatfield. “We are proud of our MEC Conference title and hope to defend it next season and make another challenge at district.”

The Pirates will lose five productive seniors to graduation. They will lose Nichols, Cook, McPherson, Jessica McCammon, and Kecia Willoughby.

Platte County finished their season with a 14-15-1 record overall.

Two of the Lady Pirates were also voted to the All District team. Nichols received First Team All District Honors and Porter received Second Team All District Honors.