Heavy-handed Munday proved to be more than an inexperienced Petrolia could handle during the Region I-A Area playoff in Vernon Saturday, as the Mogulettes ended the Lady Pirates’ season in three games.
“They’re tough. They just keep hitting at you,” Lady Pirate Head Coach Kim Lane said of a Munday squad that is ranked No. 6 in state. “At this level, you have to attack the ball pretty consistently, and we just couldn’t attack.”
Petrolia held Munday close to open the match, managing a 20-20 tie in the first game, but Munday pulled away with a five-point run for the win, 20-25.
The Mogulettes pulled away early with a 6-2 lead in game two en route to a 15-25 win, and dominated Petrolia in game three, 16-25.
While the Mogulette offense was ferocious at the net, its defense all but shut down Petrolia’s attack, holding standout Allie Ablia to a mere 10 kills. Ablia had tallied 19 kills in Petrolia’s bi-district win four nights earlier. Ablia also had one block against Munday. Kaytlynn Flowers finished with 25 digs and five kills. While Kirsten Kenyon put up eight assists and had one service ace.
Despite the loss, Lane is satisfied with the season, noting that only two Lady Pirates (Ablia and Flowers) came in with varsity experience, and one of those (Flowers) had moved in.
“There were times in the season, because our record wasn’t good, that I wondered if we would even make the playoffs,” said Lane. “But we really picked it up late in the season.”
With the win, Munday advances to the regional tournament, and will face Poolville on Tuesday.