Bear River downs FLC
Continuing an annual south county rivalry, the Bear River varsity girls volleyball team met up with Forest Lake Christian Tuesday night on FLC’s home court.
And Bear River headed back up Combie Road with a 3-1 win when the courts had cleared.
FLC won the first game after being down 16-13 early. Led by the serving of Megan Wisniewski, Forest Lake Christian went on a 5-0 run to go up 18-16, and with serving help later in the game from Jessica Lockhart and a kill from Kylie Miraldi.
In the second game, the Falcons ran out to an 11-8 lead, but when Jessica Agnew ignited a Bruin spurt with her serving, which led her team to outscore FLC 9-0, Bear River caught fire and cruised to a 20-12 lead and then a 25-20 win.
In game three, Forest Lake carried the lead until Bear River tied it at 22. The Bruins pulled ahead permanently when Agnew, in one of many occasions on the night, delivered a powerful kill to go up 26-25.
The fourth game held similar news for the Falcons as they entered the final stretch tied at 20. The Bruins went on a five-point tear to close the game and the match, winning the fourth and final game 25-20.
Bear River head coach Brandon Walter, who said the main reason his team prevailed was its attitude, believes preparation has everything to do with it.
“I make them perfect,” he said. “In practice I make it so that when game time comes around they’re not nervous.”
For April Miraldi, FLC’s head coach, said she was pleased that her girls were able to compete this well in the early weeks of the season.
“This is a young team,” she said. “We had moments of greatness … compared to last week this is a huge step up.
“We gave them way too many points. We’re working on just becoming fluid in our game.”
Bear River is back in action against another county rival, Nevada Union, on the Miners’ home floor at 7 p.m. Thursday. Freshmen action begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by the junior varsity at 5:30 p.m.
Forest Lake Christian, meanwhile, travels to Colfax for a 5 p.m. varsity match Thursday. The junior varsity and freshmen teams are both slated to start at 4 p.m.
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