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EUGENE — Phoenix's first trip to the state volleyball tournament in eight years proved a little overwhelming.
The Pirates failed to play their best volleyball and dropped a straight-set match to Banks, 25-21, 25-8, 25-17, in the Class 4A quarterfinals at Lane Community College on Friday.
"We were a little gun shy," said Phoenix coach Shonda Bursk. "We were hesitant. We were stuck on our heels and uneasy about everything.'
Junior setter Ashlyn Flynn led the Pirates with five kills in the match. And Bursk credited the Pirates only senior, Delanie Tally, with demonstrating good leadership.
"There's not a lot you can do if you're not passing," said Bursk. "Everybody had an off night. Not a single person was up to par."
The Braves (21-6), the Cowapa League champions, were taken out by Astoria three games to one in the semifinals.
Phoenix (18-6) will face Sisters (19-3) in a consolation match today. The Outlaws, who lost a five-set match to Astoria in the quarterfinals, went undefeated in the Sky-Em League.
The Pirates, who won the Skyline Conference, were making their first state appearance since 2004, when they placed sixth.
"It was a good experience being here and watching the top teams," said Bursk. "When you're young and new, it's a little scary."