An up-and-down season for Bandon’s volleyball team came to an end Thursday with a loss to Reedsport that was typical of the season.
The Tigers won the first set against the league champion Braves 26-24, but fell in the final three 25-16, 25-11, 25-13.
That left Bandon with a 3-7 record in Sunset Conference play, with one of the wins coming against playoff-bound Myrtle Point.
In the final match, freshman Kennedy Turner had a strong day at the net, with three kills, two stuff blocks and a bunch of tips, Viercke said.
Junior Olivia McMahon had four aces and sophomore Naomi Martin had four kills.
With Sarah Skeie the team’s only senior, Bandon coach Mariah Vierck was looking ahead to a bright future.
“This year was a good year to build up some young players,” she said. “Most of my team had no varsity experience and we had a unique opportunity to get quality playing time for players that in the past might not have had that time at such a young age.”
In addition to Turner, freshman Bella Erenfeld saw extensive time at setter, especially early in the season when Kortney Ferreri was slowed by an injury. Junior Brittni England made the move to outside hitter and fellow junior Madison Berry embraced the role of libero.
Sophomore Kylie Lakey had strong matches as a hitter and serving the ball.
“We have a lot to build on,” Vierck said. “I look forward to some of the kids hitting a camp or two and coming back with even more skills and knowledge of the game.
“I think we can only have an upward trajectory from here.”
A year after sharing the league title with Reedsport, Bandon saw its top two returning players — setter Kaylynn Pickett and outside hitter McKayla Myrand transfer to North Bend and Marshfield, respectively. Myrand was co-MVP of the Far West League for the Pirates.
The Tigers who remained had a chance to go through the trials of a young squad and experience both success and defeat, which should help going forward.
“I have some nice girls who want to be successful and with our experiences this year, I think we can build on that and now truly understand what is required of each and every player on the team and the coaches,” Vierck said.