Bear River roars back to defeat Mesa Verde in 5 |

Bear River roars back to defeat Mesa Verde in 5

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The Bear River girls volleyball team came a whisker away from ending its perfect Pioneer Valley League record in its home court matchup with Mesa Verde of Citrus Heights Wednesday.

The Lady Bruins dug their grave with a boatload unforced errors early, but rallied to pull out a 14-16, 15-6, 10-15, 15-10, 15-8 come-from-behind win.

Bear River improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in Pioneer Valley League action.

The win was more difficult than it appeared on paper.

“Mesa Verde got beat by Johnson West and we spanked them Monday, so this match shouldn’t have been close,” Lady Bruin head coach Keith Hart said. “We had a scrimmage with Granite Bay last night and I don’t think that helped us one bit tonight. We were out of it mentally over there and I think that carried over into tonight’s match.”

Bear River took an 11-4 lead in game one on a mix of tough serving and Lady Maverick hitting errors, but were outscored 12-3 down the stretch.

“I think we came in here thinking they were a weak team. We were definitely surprised by how they played,” Lady Bruin senior Gena Jackson said.

The hosts, thanks to eight straight Jackson aces, rolled in game two, but fell into a hole early in game three and couldn’t climb out.

With the match on the line, Bear River reached deep.

“We knew it was going to come down to game four and five for the win. If we lost game four, there goes the perfect league season,” Lady Bruin senior Kate Wellmon said.

The hosts had to comeback to win game four, then blew Mesa Verde off the court in game five to take the win.

“This is definitely a boost to our confidence especially after coming back to win. We know we can pick it up when we have to,” Jackson added.

Jackson finished with a match-high 13 aces and a team-best six assists.

Bri Harris led the Lady Bruin offense with seven kills. Wellmon chipped in six kills.

Bear River will play at Colfax Wednesday. Game time TBA.

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