It didn’t take long for the Bear River girls volleyball team to recapture its groove.
Coming off their first loss in the Pioneer Valley League Tuesday against Placer, the Lady Bruins (19-9, 4-1 PVL) were able to take out their frustration on rival Colfax Thursday night with a straight-set win, 25-13, 25-10, 25-13.
Against Placer, the Lady Bruins came out flat, said head coach Matt MacDonald. That was far from the case against Colfax.
“We were hungry,” MacDonald said. “I knew that the loss on Tuesday angered us and we all lost sleep that night, but man, we just came out focused. Nothing could get in our way tonight. It was unbelievable.”
The Lady Falcons came out fighting in the first set, but it was no match for the Lady Bruins’ intensity. With the set tied at five, Bear River went on a nine-point run keyed by six service points from Kirsten Pereira.
The Lady Bruins multi-faceted attack kept the Lady Falcons fluttering. Colfax struggled to handle the Bear River attack and committed 14 errors in the first set, falling 25-13.
In the second, Colfax jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but that was short lived as the Lady Bruins went on a 14-5 run spurred by Sara Schell and Teryn Rath kills. Bear River cruised to a 25-10 victory.
Schell led Bear River in kills with 10, Rath added eight, and Pereira knocked down seven kills. The three also accounted for a combined eight blocks.
In the third set, the Lady Falcons flew in hot, again drawing first blood and going up early, but the Lady Bruins stole the momentum back with a sly Kaya Johnson tip kill followed by a pair of Colfax errors. From there, Bear River mounted a sizable lead and never looked back, taking the third and final set, 25-13.
Johnson led the Lady Bruins in assists with 30 to go with her three kills.
With the victory, Bear River moves to within one win of clinching a playoff berth and still has a shot a grabbing a share of the PVL title if it can avenge Tuesday’s loss when hosting the Hillgals Oct. 25.
“We knew that if we won tonight, that we controlled our own destiny,” MacDonald said. “That is big for us because we wanted to get this one and make sure we were still in the driver’s seat and kind of make a statement that we are one of the top teams in the PVL, and we can still get it done.”
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