A Warrior defeat


McKenna Curran spikes the ball around the big Warrior block. The team McKenna was second in kills that night with a total of four. “We had been working on seeing the block in practice earlier that week,” said Curran. “It was the perfect opportunity to use what I practiced.”

On Thursday, September 12, the Galena Pirate volleyball team was very excited to play their first home conference game of the season, especially since it was against their school rival, the East Dubuque Warriors. 


The Pirates played the Warriors in their home invitational on Saturday, August 31, and beat them, but knew that they still needed to play their hardest to beat the talented Warrior team. “I felt confident since we beat them in the tournament,” said Lizzy Eaton ‘20. “But I knew that we still had to work very hard because the Warriors are a good team.” 


In the first set, the Warriors came close with the Pirates, but the Pirates pushed through and beat them by a score of 25-23. They knew that coming back out in the second set, they had to execute more so that the score wasn’t so close. “We knew we had to play a little better in set two,” said Sami Wasmund ‘20. “We wanted to make less of our own mistakes and stay more in-system so that we could run some more of our plays.”

In the second set the Pirates beat the Warriors 25-17. “We didn’t play our best,” said McKenna Curran ‘20. “But a win is a win and we can learn from this game.”

Wasmund led the team with five blocks on the night, Maggie Furlong ‘22 was the top stat leader in kills and digs with seven each, and Gracie Wubben ‘20 was 10 for 10 in serves with one ace, and had 11 assists. 

The Pirates play their next home game on Tuesday, September 16, against the Warren Warriors and they play away against Le-Win on Thursday, September 18.